Voter registration for by-elections open this weekend

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says voter registration will be held this weekend for two municipal ward by-elections scheduled to take place in Gauteng on Wednesday, 31 October 2018. 

Voting stations in the wards will be open from 08h00 to 17h00 to allow all eligible voters to register and for current voters to check their registration details and to provide/update address details where necessary. 

“Voters should take their identity document (ID) with them, either a green barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID or a valid Temporary ID Certificate. 

“They will also need to complete their physical home address on registration or provide sufficient particularities of their place of residence. Documented proof of address (e.g. a municipal account) is not required,” the IEC said in a statement. 

Voters may also check and update their details at their local (municipal) Electoral Commission (IEC) office weekdays during office hours. 

Voters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to register and vote in a ward in which they are not ordinarily resident. 

Special voting will take place at voting stations as well as through home visits on 30 October 2018 between 08h00 and 17h00. Voters wishing to apply to cast a special vote can apply at their local IEC office during office hours between 15 and 19 October 2018. 

Applications for special votes can also be made online via the IEC’s website,

Once voters have applied online they will receive a SMS notifying them of the outcome when their application has been processed. 

They can also check the status of their special vote application online at

Voters can also apply for special votes via cell phone by SMSing their identity number to 32249 (charged at R1).

The SMS application facility is only available for those applying to cast a special vote at their voting station and not for home visits. 

For more information on the by-elections, people are advised to contact their local (municipal) IEC office weekdays during office hours. 

Contact details for all IEC offices are available on the IEC website at under Contact Us. –