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Change in Ward 15 voting station

25 April 2019

Residents registered to cast their votes at the Humansdorp Country Club in Ward 15 are asked to take note that their voting station has changed.

According to a statement from the local office of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Humansdorp Council Chamber, situated at Kouga Municipality’s offices on the corner of Main Road and Du Plessis Street, will replace the Country Club as a voting station for Ward 15 in the upcoming Provincial and National Election in May.

“The change had to be made due to fire damage at the Country Club,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks explained.

Meanwhile, applications for special votes in the May election came to a close last week (18 April).

Hendricks said that those whose applications were approved, would have the opportunity to cast their votes on 6 and 7 May, with the official election day taking place on Wednesday, 8 May.

“There are two categories of people who could apply for special votes. Those who are physically unable to leave their houses, including heavily pregnant women and people with disabilities, and those who are unable to visit their voting stations on 8 May,” he explained.

He said IEC officials would visit the houses of those who fall in the first category on 6 or 7 May so that they may cast their votes. Those voters who fall in the second category will be able to vote at their local IEC voting stations, also on 6 and 7 May.

According to the IEC, the following procedure will apply when casting a special vote: 

  • The voter’s thumbnail is marked with indelible ink and his/her ID book is stamped.
  • He/she receives the relevant ballot papers.
  • He/she marks the ballot in secret, places and seals the ballots in an unmarked envelope.
  • The unmarked envelope is placed in another envelope that is marked with the voter’s name, ID number and voting district number. The use of two envelopes is to ensure the secrecy of the ballot.
  • IEC officials take the envelope and place it in a secure ballot box for special votes.
  • The voter’s name is marked off the Voters’ Roll with “SV” to indicate that he/she has cast a special vote.

Residents can check their voter registration status online by SMS-ing their ID numbers to 32810.

Meanwhile, South African citizens abroad are preparing to cast their votes this Saturday, 27 April, with the voting hours at four foreign missions being extended to accommodate Jewish voters who will be celebrating the sabbath.

The four missions include London, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and New York. The London and Tel Aviv voting stations will be open from 7am to 11pm while the Los Angeles and New York voting stations will be open from 7am to 11:30pm.