Voter registration this weekend for wards to be contested in Municipal By-elections on 21 February 2018

Voter registration will be held this weekend for two municipal ward by-elections scheduled to take place in the Western Cape on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.

Voting stations in the wards listed below will be open this Saturday, 13 January, and Sunday, 14 January, from 08h00 to 17h00 to allow all eligible voters to register and for current voters to check their registration details and to provide/update address details where necessary.

Voters should take their identity document (ID) with them – either a green barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a valid Temporary ID Certificate. They will also need to complete their physical home address on registration or provide sufficient particularities of their place of residence. Documented proof of address (e.g. a municipal account) is not required. 

Voters may also check and update their details at their local (municipal) Electoral Commission (IEC) office weekdays during office hours.

Voters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to register and vote in a ward in which they are not ordinarily resident.

By-elections will be held in the following wards: 

Western Cape:
• Ward 13 in WC032 – Overstrand with 4 073 registered voters which became vacant as a result of the resignation of the councillor. Registration and voting will take place at the following stations:

Voting District/Station Number      Voting Station Details
97960090                                      DE WET HALL
98090040                                      AMANA CONFERENCE CENTRE

• Ward 02 in WC053 – Beaufort West with 3 344 registered voters which became vacant as a result of the resignation of the councillor. Registration and voting will take place at the following stations:

Voting District/Station Number      Voting Station Details
98130034                                      BEAUFORT WEST RECREATIONAL HALL
98180051                                      NELSPOORT COMMUNITY HALL
98180062                                      HANEKUIL FARM SHED
98200010                                      KARREEBOSCH FARM SHED

Special voting will take place at voting stations as well as through home visits on 20 February 2018 between 08h00 and 17h00. Voters wishing to apply to cast a special vote can apply at their local IEC office during office hours between 5 and 9 February 2018.

Applications for special votes can also be made online via the IEC’s website, www.elections.org.za. Once voters have applied online they will receive an SMS notifying them of the outcome when their application has been processed. They can also check the status of their special vote application online at www.elections.org.za.

Voters can also apply for special votes via cellphone by SMSing their identity number to 32249 (Charged at R1). The SMS application facility is only available for those applying to cast a special vote at their voting station and NOT for home visits.

For more information on these by-elections contact your local (municipal) IEC office weekdays during office hours. Contact details for all IEC offices are available on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za under Contact Us.

ISSUED BY THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION
Ensuring free and fair elections

Centurion
10 January 2018

For media queries: Please contact Kate Bapela on 082 600 6386
For media interviews: Please email requests to spokesperson@elections.org.za

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ELECTION TIMETABLE FOR ALL MUNICIPAL BY-ELECTIONS CALLED ON OR BEFORE 19 JANUARY TO BE HELD ON 21 FEBRUARY 2018

The cut-off dates for the various electoral processes for these by-elections are as follows:
19 January: Notice calling the by-election on or before, and opening of nomination of candidates
25 January: Certification of the voters’ roll
29 January: Cut-off date and time for submission of nomination of candidates
30 January: Notify party/independent nominator of non-compliance of outstanding candidate documents
02 February: Cut-off date and time for party/independent to submit outstanding ward candidate documents
02 February: Notices: List of and particulars pertaining to voting stations and mobile voting stations
05 February: Compilation and certification of lists of candidates contesting a ward 
05 February: Issue certificates to candidates 
05 February: Opening of applications for special votes
09 February: Closing of applications for special votes
20 February: Special votes at voting stations and special vote home visits (08h00 to 17h00)
21 February: By-election (Voting takes place at voting stations between 07h00 and 21h00)

(Note: All deadlines are at 17h00 on the date listed)