By Motlagae Konyana
Voters will go to the polls on 8 May 2019 to cast their votes in South Africa’s sixth democratic National and Provincial Elections. 26 756 898 million voters are eligible to cast their votes. Special votes started this morning across the country as 770 000 people cast their ballots between today and tomorrow.
Special votes allow South Africans who won’t be able to make it to their respective polling stations on May 8 – a chance to still make their mark.
Voting will be taking place at voting stations and through home visits on Monday and Tuesday when we expect over 770 000 voters to cast their ballots, explained Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo.
IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini joined the residents of Dainfern in Fourways this morning as they voted.
Over 700 000 voters are expected to cast their special votes over this period. Of that number more than 50 percent will cast their votes during a home visit by election officials accompanied by party agents.
Voters must take with them their green barcoded ID documents, a smartcard ID or a valid temporary ID certificate in order to vote. No other form of ID is accepted. The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that its offices will be operational between 08h00 and 19h00 on the 6th and 7th May and between 07h00 and 21h00 on 8 May 2019 to assist voters to obtain temporary ID certificates and or collect their smartcard IDs.