How to vote in Election 2019 if you are overseas

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has officially proclaimed the date of the election.

While those in South Africa will be going to the polls on the 8 May, South Africans abroad will be casting their vote at their nearest SA foreign mission on Saturday, 27 April 2019 (Freedom Day).

In order to vote every South African abroad must complete a VEC10 form informing the IEC where they intend to vote abroad.

This form can be found on the IEC’s website:

The VEC10 form must be submitted no later than 13 March 2019 at midnight (UTC+02:00).

A reminder also that to vote abroad South Africans must vote in person at their nearest SA foreign mission and have BOTH their SA ID and passport (they can’t vote with only one of these documents).

They must, of course, also be registered to vote.

Many South Africans living abroad DO NOT know that they can vote in the 2019 election, and so we would like to request that you contact all your friends and family living abroad and urgently share this information with them.

You can do so in the following ways:

1. Share the attached DA Abroad VEC10 flyer with them
2. Invite them to this Facebook event for the overseas voting day on our DA Abroad page:
3. Direct them to this page on our DA Abroad website which answers all the common questions about overseas voting:
4. Suggest they subscribe to our mailing list at so they don’t miss any important deadlines. They can also email us directly at with their questions about voting abroad or WhatsApp us on +44 795 829 1141

If you have any questions, please email


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