Organisation : Electoral Commission Government of South Africa
Type of Facility : How do I register to Vote
Head Office : Centurion
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Electoral Commission How do I register to Vote
How do I register :
** The information on this page relates to ongoing voter registration for by-elections.
** For more information on registering for the 2016 Municipal Elections, please click here.
Related : Electoral Commission Municipal By-Elections 9th & 30th November 2016 : www.southafricain.com/1255.html
** To vote in elections, you must register as a voter.
** You only have to register once, unless you move (within South Africa) or your voting district boundaries change.
Who can register?
You must :
** be a South African citizen;
** be at least 16 years old (you can only vote from age 18); and
** have a green, bar-coded ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC).
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When and where can I register?
** You can make an appointment to apply for registration during office hours at the local IEC office responsible for your voting district.
** Please always phone first to make an appointment.
What documents do I need to apply for registration?
** By law, you must apply in person (no online or email registrations are permitted).
Please bring your :
** green, bar-coded ID book;
** smartcard ID; or
** valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC).
What happens when I apply?
** Complete and print the electronic registration form
** Go to your local IEC office
** Your identity document book is scanned
** A barcoded sticker is pasted in your green ID book or on your valid Temporary Identity Certificate.
** If you have a smartcard ID, the sticker will be pasted on a special form that will be given to you.
** Please note that completing the form and receiving a bar-coded sticker or receipt doesn’t mean that you’re registered, it only means that you’ve applied for registration.
** Your application must still be processed (may take up to 7 working days).
** Please see “How do I know if or where I’m registered?” below to find out how to check if your application was successful.
When do I have to re-register?
** We continuously strive to provide a better voting experience for voters by ensuring accessibility to voting stations and trying to reduce long queues on Election Day.
To help us achieve this, you need to re-register when :
** your home address changes (if you’ve moved a short distance, please see Moved since you registered? to find out how to check if your voting district has changed), or
** we inform you that your voting district boundaries have changed. Check your voter registration details to find out if you may have to re-register.
** During municipal elections and by-elections, you have to vote at the voting station where you are registered, so it is important to re-register whenever you move or your voting district boundaries change (please check your registration details to check if your boundaries may have changed).
How do I know if or where I’m registered?
To check your registration details, you can :
** send an SMS with your ID number to 32810 (R1.00 per SMS);
** download our mobile appand enter your ID number;
** check your registration details online;
** check at your voting station during a registration weekend; or
** check at your local IEC office during office hours.
** It can take up to 7 working days for your registration application to be processed.
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