We are receiving a lot of queries from South Africans abroad looking for the VEC10 form so they can complete it ahead of the elections.
While President Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will be going to the polls on the 8 May 2019, this was not the official proclamation by the IEC and so the VEC10 form is NOT YET AVAILABLE for the 2019 elections.
Note also that the overseas voting day will be held a few weeks before the election in South Africa AND on a weekend, so we’re expecting it to be around the end of April, not the 8 May.
We’ve been informed by the IEC that the proclamation will only take place towards the end of the month of February. At the point of proclamation the VEC10 form will be made available as an online form on the IEC website and you will have only 15 days to submit the form.
Until then, if you are not yet registered to vote then please do so during the weekday opening hours of your nearest SA foreign mission as soon as possible. Don’t forget that you will need BOTH your SA ID and passport to register.
The VEC10 is an important form that all South Africans abroad will have to submit to the IEC to tell them that they plan to vote overseas and at which voting station they plan to vote.
So, if you are registered to vote in South Africa, you don’t need to re-register in order to vote abroad, because you will tell the IEC that you plan to vote abroad when you submit the VEC10 form.
We will post a link to the VEC10 form on this page when it becomes available, but you can also subscribe to our email alerts about overseas voting using the form alongside and we’ll email you as soon as the VEC10 form becomes available.
Even if you are registered to vote and have all the necessary documentation, you will NOT be allowed to vote if you have not completed the VEC10 form by the deadline. If you submitted a VEC10 form in previous elections you will have to submit it again ahead of the 2019 elections.
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