Did you know that South Africans can vote abroad in the 2019 elections? Lekker right? There are hundreds of thousands of us South Africans living abroad and our country needs every vote to ensure that our Democracy is maintained.
South Africa has a proportional representation system. That basically means that the more votes a party gets, the more seats they will get in Parliament. The more diverse the representation in Parliament, the healthier our Democracy will be.
More importantly, voting is your opportunity to have your say as to who governs South Africa and it reminds them that they are ultimately accountable to the people of South Africa.
That is why the VOTE HOME campaign, a non-partisan digital campaign, launched this month with the aim to reach every South African living abroad to help and encourage them to cast their vote wherever they live in the world.
So, if you find yourself standing around the braai, complaining about the crime in SA, the corruption, state capture, the lack of service delivery or the increasing cost of living, then now is the time to do something about it. Register to vote today.
In order to vote in the 2019 elections, there are a few things you need to know
X You HAVE to be registered to vote. If you are already registered, then you don’t need to register again. If you aren’t registered, you can do so at your nearest South African Embassy or High Commission. Read our guide to overseas voter registration here.
X You must have BOTH your ID Book, SmartCard ID or Temporary ID AND a valid South African Passport to register
X Ensure you have submitted a VEC10 form to the IEC to tell them where abroad you plan to vote. (This will only be available from the date the President announces the date of the election.)
X On voting day, head to your nearest South Africa Embassy or High Commission to cast your vote.
Go to www.votehome.org for all the info you need to vote in the 2019 election. Sign up for email notifications and we’ll keep you up to date with everything you need to know about voting abroad. (We won’t spam you, promise!)
You can also help us spread the word by getting involved in #Uplus2 on social media. All you have to do is check your registration status, then go to your social media and nominate two other South Africans living Overseas to check theirs as well. You Plus 2 others = #Uplus2
Head over to our website. We’ve made it super easy for you to copy and paste some text if you’re not sure what to say.
Our country has come a long way and certainly has a long way to go. We need your help so that we can make that impact and help steer South Africa to a better future for our friends and family back home. We love Mzansi. We have the right and responsibility to cast our vote and ensure that our Democracy stays strong and alive.
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org