Special vote applications open

JOBURG – IEC introduces online and SMS special vote applications.


The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has opened applications for voters to cast special votes in this year’s municipal elections which, for the first time ever, will be available online and via SMS.

Special votes are available to registered voters who are disabled, infirm or pregnant, as well as members of the security forces, election officials, the media and any other voters who are unable to visit their voting station on election day, which is on 3 August.

There are two forms of special votes:

  • Home visits

This is where election officials visit voters at their place of residence to allow them to cast their ballots. Home visits are only available to voters who are disabled, infirm or pregnant.

  • Special voting at your voting station

Available to registered voters who are unable to vote on 3 August.

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Special voting days for this year’s municipal elections are on 1 and 2 August between 8am and 5pm (unlike voting hours on election day which are 7am to 7pm). Special votes may only be cast by voters who have applied for and received approval from the IEC. Applications opened at 8am on 10 June and close at 5pm on 8 July.

Applications for special votes will be available online via the electoral commission’s website and via cellphone by SMSing the voter’s ID number to 32249 (SMS charged at R1). The SMS application facility is only available for those applying to cast a special vote at their voting station and not for home visits.

Once their application has been processed, voters will receive a notification via e-mail or SMS informing them whether their application for a special vote was successful or not. They can also check the status of their special vote application online at

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The traditional method of applying for a special vote at local IEC offices by submitting an MEC35 form is also still available. Forms must be hand-delivered but can be delivered on behalf of a voter by someone else.

The process for casting a special vote is the same as a normal vote – with the exception that the completed ballot papers are sealed in an unmarked envelope which is then marked with the voter’s name, ID number and voting district number. IEC officials place the envelope in a secure ballot box for special votes and the voter’s name is marked on the voters’ roll with ‘SV’ to indicate a special vote.

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