Photos | Thousands abroad flock to vote


Thousands of South Africans abroad responded to the call to vote.

After South Africans in parts of the Middle East could go and draw their crosses on Friday, most other missions opened on Saturday to give voters – mainly in truly cheerful South African tones – a chance to vote.

In Canberra in Australia, one of the first polling stations to open on Saturday, hundreds of South Africans waited in long queues to vote. Many of them traveled hundreds of kilometers to draw their crosses on Saturday.

From London to The Hague and Dubai (despite the scorching heat) people marched to vote.

In London, where more than 24,000 South Africans are registered to vote, voters will also be able to vote on Sunday.

There were also long queues in Dublin – but at least it’s not raining, one voter noted.

The DA says in a statement that the high voter turnout is an indication that South Africans – also abroad – realize the great importance of this election.

In some places there were complaints that South Africans were not allowed to vote with their passports as proof of identification. The IEC made it clear in its communication recently that voters must show a South African ID booklet, smart ID card or temporary ID in order to vote.

South Africans abroad may only participate in the national election and will therefore only receive one ballot. The ballots will all be brought to South Africa and will only be opened on May 29 to be counted together with those of their compatriots at home.