Here is everything you need to know about the Elections 2024

he IEC is ready and excited for the country's seventh democratic elections. Here is everything you need to know.

South Africans will again get an opportunity to exercise their crucial right to vote in the 2024 National and Provincial elections, which marks the country’s seventh democratic elections.

According to the Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa, the Bill of Rights in South Africa‘s pioneering Constitution grants all citizens aged 18 and older the right to vote. Still, the question often asked is whether voting will make a difference.

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Your vote matters! It’s your chance to be part of decision-making that directly impacts your life and the future of our country. If you don’t vote, you’re letting others decide for you.

Here is everything you need to know: 

  • On election day, go to the voting station where you’re registered (check your voter registration status to find out where you’re registered). During national and provincial elections, you can vote at any station countrywide. If you vote at a station outside the province you are registered in; you will only be able to vote in the national Election.
  • Show the voting officer your green, bar-coded South African ID book or a temporary identification certificate.
  • The voting officer checks that your name appears on the voters’ roll. If you are not on the voters’ roll but have proof that you have registered (e.g. registration sticker), the Presiding Officer must validate your proof of registration. If satisfied with the proof, you must complete a VEC4 form (national elections) or MEC7 form (municipal elections) and will then proceed as an ordinary voter.
  • Once the voting officer confirms that you possess the correct ID, are a registered voter, and have not already voted, they mark your name off the roll, stamp your ID on the second page, and ink your thumbnail.
  • The voting officer stamps the back of the correct number of official ballot papers (one per Election) and gives them to you.
  • Take your ballot paper to an empty ballot booth, mark it, fold it so that your choice isn’t visible, and place it in the ballot box.
  • In these elections, voters will receive three ballot papers: the national compensatory ballot for political parties, provincial and regional ballots for parties and independent candidates. We wish to remind voters to make only one mark against the party or candidate of their choice. In other words, “One ballot, One Mark“. 

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