2014 Elections

NOTICE

SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY: BERN

The Embassy will be closed during April 2014 as follows;

DATE    : 17 APRIL 2014 – CLOSED AT 10:00
: 18 APRIL 2014 – CLOSED
: 21 APRIL 2014 – CLOSED
: 28 APRIL 2014 – CLOSED AT 15:00
: 29 APRIL 2014 – CLOSED AT 12:00
: 30 APRIL 2014 – CLOSED FOR ALL SERVICES, ONLY OPENED FOR VOTING
: 1st May 2014 – CLOSED

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NOTICE: VOTING ABROAD

Voting outside of SA will take place on 30 April 2014 (and not on 7 May 2014 being voting day inside the Republic).

1. Election Timetable

In terms of the Electoral Act, the IEC must as soon as the President has proclaimed the election, publish an Election Timetable. The Timetable sets out the hours and dates on which certain activities must take place. Special voting outside of SA is one of these activities and therefore the Timetable will indicate the hours and date(s) on which persons can apply for special votes and on which date special votes are cast.

Important Dates

ActivityDate
Notification to the IEC of absence from
SA, and intention to apply for, a special
vote (VEC 10)
By 12 March 2014
Application for and casting of a special
vote at a RSA diplomatic mission
30 April 2014 (only)

Election Information
Further information about elections and about the IEC in general can be found on the IEC internet website: www.elections.org.za

2. Who is eligible to cast a Special Vote?

Notification to the Chief Electoral Officer

RSA citizens who are registered to vote and who intend to cast their ballots while outside of the RSA must notify the Commission of:

  • their intention to vote abroad, and
  • the place where they will cast their vote, (which must be at a South African embassy, high commission or consulate abroad).

This must be done by completing an on-line VEC 10 template, which is available on www.elections.org.za

The completion of on-line VEC 10 templates on www.elections.org.za must be done by midnight on 12 March 2014.

Embassy staff cannot accept completed notification forms on behalf of the CEO nor accept responsibility for the delivery of completed VEC 10 forms to the CEO.

3. Notifications (VEC 10) that reach the CEO

Upon the receipt of a completed notification (VEC 10), the CEO will ascertain whether the eligible voter is registered as a voter on the voters’ roll certified for the election.

If the person is so registered the CEO will notify the embassy, high commission or consulate that that person may apply for a special vote there.

The CEO will provide a list of registered voters who qualify to cast a special vote abroad to the special voting officer at the mission indicated through Consulate Services, DIRCO.

4. On Special Voting Day

At what times can eligible absent voters vote?

Voting at missions will take place from 7am to 7pm. If at the close of the voting hours there are still persons waiting to vote they must be allowed to apply for a special vote and to vote if the application is approved.

Please Note: a voter is allowed to wear political party apparel (T-shirts, caps etc) when voting.

 
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