Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

What time voting stations open and close and how to find yours

voting stations open and close 2019 electionsSouth Africa’s 2019 General Elections will take place on 8 May 2019. Here’s what you need to know about voting station hours.

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A potpourri of 48 political parties will contest South
Africa’s general election on Wednesday – a record number.

The general election is being described as the most pivotal
since the dawn of democracy. While polls should be taken with a pinch of salt,
some have suggested that the African National Congress (ANC) could be in for a

While the ruling party is largely forecast to maintain its majority
nationally, some pundits predict that they could be hit with some blows at
provincial level.

Votes from abroad and most special votes have already been
cast and the rest of the country will head to the ballot boxes on Wednesday.

For FAQs ranging from “is election day a public holiday” (yes it is, by the way), read our questions and answers here. For information on voting stations, you’re in the right place.

Voting stations open and closing times for the 2019

Voting stations across South Africa will open at 7:00 on 8
May 2019 and close at 22:00 on the same day.

How to find your voting station

In order to vote in this year’s general elections, you need to be
registered on the voters roll. The Independent Electoral Commission of South
Africa (IEC) has made this very simple.

Check online through the IEC website

The ‘My Registration Status’ portal on the
IEC website will provide you with all the information you need. All you need to
do is input your ID number. The IEC will then tell you:

  • Your eligibility to
    vote on 8 May
  • Your voting station

Check via SMS

You can also check on your registration status by SMSing your ID Number
to 32810. Like the online portal, your response from the IEC will confirm your
eligibility to vote and list your designated station.

Once you have established whether you are registered to vote, you’ll
need to find your voting station.

The IEC website experiences a massive upswell in traffic on Election Day
as voters make the last minute rush to check on their registration details. In
the past, this mad dash has created browsing serious problems. If for any
reason you can’t access the website to check your registration details, we suggest
you use the SMS service previously described.

You can read our detailed guide to finding your 2019 voting station here.

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