Applications for special voting in LGE closes on Monday at 5pm

A man casts his ballot just before polls close in South Africa’s parliamentary and provincial elections at a voting station. SABC News

Applications for special voting in the Local Government Elections close on Monday at 5pm.

Applications should be made by voters who will not be able to cast their votes on the first of November at their voting station by virtue of being at work such as police, nurses, doctors and members of the media.

Voters who are not able to travel to the voting stations because of physical infirmity or disability should also apply.

Eligible voters, who are unable to travel to the voting station and have successfully applied for a special vote, will be visited at their places of residence or confinement on 30 or 31 October 2021.

Special voting takes place on the two days preceding Election Day. Voters may apply online at, via SMS by sending their ID number to 32249 or in person at their local Municipal Electoral Office.

IEC forging ahead with preparations for upcoming elections

The Independent Electoral Commission is forging ahead with preparations for the Local Government Elections in 27 days’ time.

There is a total of 1 718 independent candidates and at least 325 political parties contesting the elections.

As the date looms, SABC News asked South Africans how they feel about the elections.

“I think it is very important for all South Africans to vote because voting gives you power. If you are not voting, you giving away that power, you are giving away to somebody else the right to vote on your behalf. We know, we got a situation in the country where we need to get things right, things are not right at the moment, things are looking scrappy at the moment, we need to rectify the situation,” says a citizen.

“Please vote, it’s important to vote, every vote in the new direction, vote for better service delivery,” says another citizen.

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