The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ) will join 1.1 million South Africans in casting her special vote this weekend ahead of Election Day on 1 November.
NDZ TO CAST HER SPECIAL VOTE IN KZN
Voting stations across the country will be open between 8:00 and 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday, 30 to 31 October, so that registered voters who cannot vote at their local voting station on Election Day can cast their ballots.
Applications for special voting closed on 4 October. The IEC said 1.1 million South Africans applied for the provision.
NDZ will cast her special vote at the Compensation Voting Station in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.
The Minister will also conduct oversight visits to voting stations in and around the KwaDukuza Municipality in her capacity as the chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Municipal Elections.
NDZ’s visit is meant to gauge the preparedness of voting stations ahead of the big day on 1 November.
IEC OFFICIALS TO VISIT PEOPLE UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO VOTING STATIONS
Officials from the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) will visit the homes of people who cannot make it to the voting stations to cast their special votes in person because of disability or other reasons.
Sy Mamabolo, the CEO of IEC, told SABC News that two officials will make the home visits. The Commission also wished to assure the public that strict COVID-19 protocols will be observed during these visits.
“Two officials of the IEC will visit you. We want to encourage party agents to tag along and when they get to your home, you will be given the two or the necessary numbers of voting ballots.
“You will mark those ballots in secret, put them in an envelope that is not marked and that envelope that is not marked will be placed in a bigger envelope wherein your details will be put and a special bag will be used to deposit those ballots back at the voting stations.
“They will be reconciled to a voters roll as well as the list of special voters,” said Mamabolo.