Who can apply for a Special Vote in the upcoming 2016 Municipal Election?
By law, you can apply for a special vote if you:
- can’t travel to your voting station because you are physically infirm, disabled or pregnant, or
- can’t vote at your voting station on election day (3 August), but can do so on the predetermined special voting days (1 and 2 August).
There 3 ways of applying for Special Votes – by SMS, Online application or through the submission of the duly completed MEC 35 form:
SMS Applications –
A voter can apply for a Special Vote by using the sms number 32249.
Once you have applied for the Special Vote, you will receive an sms back saying that you have been approved for a special vote.
That sms would then be the proof that the voter has actually been approved for a Special Vote.
SMS applications are only for Voting Station Visits and not for Home Visits i.e to vote on the 1 or 2 August at the place where you are registred to vote.
Can be done by visiting www.elections.org.za and completing the relevant information online.
The process will require the person to indicate their preference of either sms or email to receive confirmation of their special vote application.
We encourage the use of email wherever possible because it lends itself to printing out the approval certificate.
This certificate may be required in exceptional cases at voting stations during special voting days if the applicant does not appear on the voters roll.
MEC 35 form
Submission of a duly completed MEC 35 form to a local IEC Office.
“The DA can assist with the completion of the document, but has to be signed by the voter themselves and the DA can take the forms to the IEC on behalf of the voter,” said Elza Van Lingen the Mayoral candidate for the DA in Kouga.
“Please contact your ward Councillor who can assist you with a Special Vote application,” added Van Lingen .