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DA urges Western Cape voters eligible for special voting to apply as election date beckons

Alan Winde also encouraged the Western Cape's Muslim community to apply for special voting as election date will coincide with Ramadan.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) on Thursday 4 April officially started to receive applications for special votes, a process only open for the next two weeks leading up to election day on 8 May.

DA Western Cape has urged it’s supporters with special needs or impediments that may affect their ability to exercise their democratic right on the 8th of May to apply to cast special votes.

Western Cape residents unable to travel on election day, the infirm, or those who were physically immobile, could apply for a special vote by home visit, DA Western Cape premier candidate Alan Winde said in a statement on Sunday.

Alan Winde also encouraged the Western Cape’s Muslim community to apply for special voting as election date will coincide with Ramadan.

In particular, the IEC has made special concession for Muslim voters to accommodate Ramadan which commences on 8 May, the same day as election day. Muslim voters will be allowed to vote at their usual voting stations on 6 and 7 May 2019, and I encourage all members of the Muslim community to cast their ballot on these days in order to both exercise their constitutional right and celebrate the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

Special voting applications are open to all South Africans for the next two weeks using the following methods.

– SMSing your ID number to 32249 for a special vote at a voting station only;
– Visiting their local IEC office to submit a VEC 1 form; or
– Visiting the IEC’s website to submit a secure online application form.

More: The Citizen

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