It is nearly time for all South Africans to make their mark again. It is up to each one of us to keep moving South Africa forward to a real democracy; where we have two or three political parties as viable contenders and where we can hold these parties to account when they don’t deliver.
We can only accomplish this if we first register to vote, and then actually vote for the parties we believe can take us forward.
You have to be registered to vote, but only have to register once. So, if you are not sure, first check if you are registered. According to the Electoral Commission of South Africa, you can check if you are registered in the following ways:
- send an SMS with your ID number to 32810 (from within SA);
- check your voter registration details online;
- call the IEC call centre on 0800 11 8000 (toll-free from a landline in SA);
- check at your voting station during a registration weekend; or
- check at your local Municipal Electoral Office during office hours.
I am not registered, so how do I register to vote?
If you are a South African citizen, 16 years or older, and have a green, bar-coded ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC), you can register to vote. You will only be allowed to vote next year if you are registered to vote and 18 years or older at the time.
9 or 10 November 2013
You can apply to register on 9 or 10 November at your voting station in the voting district where you live. Please use the online Voting Station Finder to find your correct voting station.
Living abroad? You can still register to vote.
All South Africans with a valid South African ID (green, bar-coded ID / smartcard ID / valid TIC) AND a valid South African passport will be allowed to apply for registration once the current Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 has been enacted.
Whatever you do, please ensure you are registered to vote this weekend so you can make your voice heard in 2014.