DA calls for more SA voting stations abroad

DA calls for more SA voting stations abroad

The DA Abroad launched an online petition as part of its efforts to secure more overseas voting stations ahead of the 2024 general elections.

Marius van der Walt

South Africans who live in other countries can vote at 125 voting centres, including embassies, high commissions and consulates.

South Africans who live abroad often face logistical challenges to access their nearest diplomatic mission.

The DA says the IEC has an obligation to provide thousands of South Africans who live abroad with their constitutional right to register and vote. 

The party's Kelly Clark says the IEC needs to increase the number of voting stations. 

"South Africans living in Perth would have to travel all the way to Canberra, which is a four-hour flight, in order to register or vote.

"We need to make sure that along with online registrations, there is an improved number of voting stations available for South Africans abroad in 2024.

"We encourage every South African living abroad to sign the petition," said Clark. 

“The DA will exhaust every avenue to ensure South Africans have fair and equitable access to voting.”

The Deoartment of International Relations and Cooperation assured all South Africans living abroad that the diplomatic missions are ready.

"All South Africans living, working or studying abroad! Registration weekend is approaching-26/27 or 27/28 January 2024. 

"Check dates & times at your nearest South African embassy/high commission/ consulate. Our diplomatic missions are ready for you. You can also register online online.elections.org.za/voterportal".


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