Special Votes were introduced the first time in the 2011 local government elections.

Law provides for two types of special votes, namely those who cannot travel to the voting station due to physical infirmity, disability, pregnancy and those who can visit a voting station but cannot do so on election day.

A total of 741 721 applications for special votes were received, which was far more than the 293 693 applications received in 2011.

Of this number, 719 226 special vote applications were approved, 315 597 (43.8%) of which were home visits and 403 629 (56.1%) were approved voting station visits;

Voting using a special vote was done over two days, on the 1st and 2nd August 2016.