Voter Registration this weekend or wards to be contested in Municipal By-Elections on 7 March 2018

One municipal ward by-election is scheduled to take place in the Eastern Cape province on Wednesday, 7 March 2018.

Voting stations listed below will be open this Saturday, 20 January 2018, and Sunday, 21 January 2018, 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.

The following are the details of the by-election: 

Ward 1 in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality – NMA with 13 061 registered voters which became vacant as a result of the termination of the councillor membership from the party. Registration and voting will take place at the following stations:

Voting District/Station Number      Voting Station Details
10250019                                      CHESHIRE HOMES
10250064                                      MANCE KARATE CLUB
10460089                                      RIVERSIDE TENT
10460090                                      ELUKHOLWENI FARM SCHOOL

Special voting will take place at voting stations as well as through home visits on 6 March 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 19 and 23 February 2018.

Applications for special votes can also be made online via the IEC’s website, 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

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 under Contact Us.

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17 January 2018

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The cut-off dates for the various electoral processes for these by-elections are as follows:

2 February: Notice calling the by-election on or before, and opening of nomination of candidates
8 February: Certification of the voters’ roll
12 February: Cut-off date and time for submission of nomination of candidates
13 February: Notify party/independent nominator of non-compliance of outstanding candidate documents
16 February: Cut-off date and time for party/independent to submit outstanding ward candidate documents
16 February: Notices: List of and particulars pertaining to voting stations and mobile voting stations
19 February: Compilation and certification of lists of candidates contesting a ward 
19 February: Issue certificates to candidates 
19 February: Opening of applications for special votes
23 February: Closing of applications for special votes
6 March: Special votes at voting stations and special vote home visits (08h00 to 17h00)
7 March: By-election (Voting takes place at voting stations between 07h00 and 21h00)

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