South Africans living in the diaspora can vote in 121 countries - IEC

While discussing the criterion for special voting in the upcoming national elections this week, several listeners raised concerns over not being able to vote while travelling abroad.

Provincial electoral officer at IEC Western Cape, Rev Courtney Sampson, talks to Kieno Kammies and explains some of the measures put in place to accommodate South African living in the diaspora.

He says South Africans living or travelling abroad are eligible to vote in any of the 121 foreign countries as long as their names appear on the voters' roll.

Read: 'A serious sense of white privilege' - caller receives backlash from listeners

At this stage, we can only guarantee that people can vote at the embassies. It is not feasible that we open voting stations around the cities of the world where South African citizens find themselves.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

Read also: Applications for special voting now open - here's how to apply

Those people would have applied to cast their vote by the 13th of March already. The voting will take place on the 27th of April.

Rev Courtney Sampson, Provincial electoral officer - IEC Western Cape

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : South Africans living in the diaspora can vote in 121 countries - IEC


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