South Africans Living Abroad Granted Voting Rights!

South Africans living abroad wishing to vote, must notify the IEC before midnight of the 27th of February, where they already need to be registered. Voting for people abroad is set to take place on April 15, seven days before the official election day of April 22.
This is unfortunately not for people who are permanently living abroad, but rather visiting on a temporary basis. A constitutional Court ruling in this regard is expected in March.

In order to participate in 22 April 2009 South African elections, follow these simple steps:

1. Download and fill out the VEC10 form, from the following link, to inform the IEC (Independent Electrol Commission) that you would like to vote

2. Fax the form to +27 12 428 5566 OR +2712 428 5279. You can also post your form to the IEC (see postal details below)

3. You will need to fill out the following elements of the form:

1. Your intention to vote

2. Your intended absence from the Republic

3. The place where you intend to cast your vote.

4. The completed form must be delivered to the Chief Electoral Officer, either by hand, by post or by facsimile.


Post notifications to:
P O Box 7943 ,
Pretoria ,
South Africa

Fax notifications to:
012 428 5566
012 428 5279

Hand-delivered notifications to:
Election House,
260 Walker Street ,
Pretoria .

On this form, you need to fill in your Voting District Number (where you have voted previously from inside SA). This number can be found on following website after inputting your ID Number:

1st Contact has sourced a variety of news articles providing more information on this matter.

IOL – Mapisa-Nqakula applies for mission to appeal

… Court for permission to appeal against the Pretoria High Court’s ruling that South Africans living abroad have the right to vote, SABC news reported. …

News 24 – South Africans Abroad can Vote

According to the SABC, the Freedom Front Plus brought the application on behalf of a South African teacher, Willem Richter, who works in the IOL – SA Voters Abroad Get the Go Ahead

IOL – SA Voters Abroad Get the Go Ahead

South Africans abroad should be allowed to vote, the Pretoria High Court ruled on Monday…

IOL – South Africans Abroad Should Vote

While the Pretoria High Court ruled that all South African citizens living abroad can apply to cast their vote in the upcoming election by means of a special vote, the last say rests with the Constitutional Court….

  • craig eustace


    Seeing that these elections that are coming up, are possibly the most important one since 1994, and arguebly ever, I think it of great importance that South Africans such as myself, that has full intention of returning to South Africa, should be allowed our constitutional right of voting. I commend any action taken in the name of our plight. I am residing in South Korea and really appreciate your efforts, and would gladly contribute any help if neened.

    Craig Eustace