Election 2019

Registration To Vote For The 2019 Elections

South Africas next general elections are scheduled to be held in 2019 at a date to be determined by the President. South African nationals, who are registered voters, would be able to cast their votes at the South African Embassies abroad. If you are already registered, it is not necessary to register again.

In order to be eligible to vote abroad, the voter will have to inform the Chief Electoral Officer via the completion of an online VEC10 of their intention to vote outside of the country. The online VEC10 will only be available on the website at www.elections.org.za from the date that the National and Provincial Election (NPE2019 election) is proclaimed, for a 15 day period.

South African nationals interested in voting can now register as a voter if they have not done so already. If you are a South African citizen and you are unsure whether you are a registered voter, you can confirm your voter registration status on the website of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) at www.elections.org.za.

The period for registration abroad/out of country is open until the proclamation of the NPE 2019 election. There may be a registration weekend that will be announced for South African citizens abroad.

Eligibility to Register

To be eligible to register in Australia, a person must:

  • Be a South African citizen
  • Be 16 years of age or older (applicants can register from the age of 16 but only vote from age 18)
  • Possess a valid green bar-coded identity document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (valid for 2 months) or Smart Card
  • Possess a valid South African passport and
  • Submit in person the application form, the identity document and a valid passport to a Special Officer at the South African High Commission, State Circle, Yarralumla, Canberra
  • The application form  for registration will be provided at the High Commission

Please note:

Only a green bar-coded ID, a valid Temporary Identification Certificate or a Smart Card AND a valid passport are accepted for registration purposes. No other document will be accepted.

Applicants without an ID or valid passport are requested to apply for an ID or passport with the High Commission and once in receipt of the ID or passport, can then apply for registration as a voter.

South African nationals in Australia who are interested in registering as voters for the 2019 elections can visit the High Commission in Canberra during consular hours 08:30 to 12:00 from Monday to Friday and complete the REC1/OC application form.

For any further enquiries, please email us at info.canberra@dirco.gov.za or contact us on: 
+61 26 272 7300 during normal working hours.

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