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South Africans living overseas can vote

South Africans living abroad will be able to register for the 2014 elections as  soon as new legislation governing out-of-country registration and voting has  been approved, says the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

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The draft law does not require South Africans living abroad who are  already registered as voters in South Africa to register again, and they will,  as before, be able to cast a special vote in the 2014 elections.

However, those who have not yet registered to vote will have to wait for  the new legislation, which is expected to be enacted in November.

“Only once the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 is approved by Parliament  and signed into law by the President can arrangements for registering South  Africans abroad be finalised,” the IEC said in a statement.

The Bill has been approved by the National Council of Provinces and is  currently before the National Assembly.

“It is hoped the Bill will  be approved and enacted before the end of  November. In the meantime, advance planning for the process is proceeding in  conjunction with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation,” the  commission said.

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In terms of the draft legislation, South Africans will have to register  in person at one of South Africa’s 124 high commissions, embassies or consulates  located in 108 countries.

They will need to be in possession of a valid South  African ID document (either a green bar-coded South African ID book, a new smart  ID card or a valid temporary identity certificate), as well as a valid South  African passport, in order to be registered.

The IEC said it will announce further details of the registration process  for South Africans abroad on its website and via the media once the legislation  has been enacted.

 

Source: SAnews.gov.za

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