EXTENDED VOTING HOURS FOR OVERSEAS VOTERS AT FOUR MISSIONS

17 April 2019

Centurion – The Commission has agreed to extend voting hours on 27 April 2019 at four foreign missions to accommodate Jewish voters celebrating the Sabbath.
Voting will be extended at the following missions:

Mission  Voting Opens  Voting Closes  Number of Registered Voters
London  07H00  23H30  9 575
Tel Aviv  07H00  23H30  189
Los Angeles  07H00  23H00  299
New York  07H00  23H00  633

(All times are local times at the missions)

The decision to extend voting hours at these missions followed a request from the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) to accommodate Jewish voters who will be celebrating the Sabbath on 26 - 27 April.

The SAJBD recommended the four missions for extended voting hours based on estimations of the missions most likely to be frequented by Jewish voters.

The Commission previously announced that it would allow Muslim voters to apply for special votes at voting stations on 6 May and 7 May (09h00 to 17H00) should they choose to due to the anticipated start of the Holy month of Ramadan on 8 May 2019.

Special vote applications for such cases close at midnight on 18 April 2019. When applying via the website (www.elections.org.za) or by SMSing your ID number to 32249 (R1 each). Hand-delivered applications using a VEC 10 form must be submitted to local IEC offices by 17H00 on 18 April.

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