South Africans living abroad cast their votes

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Special voting at 121 of South Africa’s foreign missions is going well with most South Africans living abroad having already cast their ballot.

Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo, said this afternoon missions in the Eastern part of the world have already closed, including Auckland, Canberra, and some Asian countries.

“Europe and Africa are still busy ... and the balance of the world will then start voting... No logistical problems have been reported and all South Africans are jovial at having been given this opportunity to cast their ballots,” Mamabolo said.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) agreed to extend voting hours at four foreign missions to accommodate Jewish voters celebrating the Sabbath on 27 April 2019.

The decision to extend voting hours at these missions followed a request from the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) to accommodate Jewish voters who will be celebrating the Sabbath on 26 and 27 April.

Voting at the London, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and New York missions will open at 7am and close at 11:30pm on the day that South Africa commemorates Freedom Day. –