The Concourt ruling came through today with a “go”. Voters can now submit their votes in the national election if they are living abroad.
From the DA:
Today, the Constitutional Court ruled ruled in favour of the DA’s court application that South Africans who are living temporarily abroad and who are registered as voters must be allowed to cast their vote in the upcoming elections.
The Constitutional Court also granted a new 15 day period for South Africans abroad to apply for a special vote overseas.
This 15 day period has begun and all South Africans who are registered to vote and who want to apply for a special vote must get their applications submitted to the IEC before 27 March 2009.
The DA encourages every South African who is living abroad and who is registered to vote to apply for a special vote so that you can have your say in the upcoming elections.
Johannesburg – The Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that registered voters living overseas can vote for the National Assembly in the April 22 elections.
They must notify the chief electoral officer of their intention to vote by March 27, the court ordered.
Handing down the first of two separate judgments Justice Kate O’Regan said the right to vote had a symbolic and democratic value.
However, the court did not support the move to allow registration abroad. Only registered voters abroad will be eligible to vote.
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