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Message from the High Commissioner, H.E. Archie Whitehead
 
Dear fellow South Africans,
 

In the beginning of a new year I desire for each and every South African good health and well-being in our beautiful neighbouring Namibia where we all have the opportunity to live and participate in this vibrant society.  May it be a year of prosperity and happiness!

As we live in a dynamic and ever-changing geopolitical environment we see developments all around us on the political, economic and social front that include both South Africa and Namibia going to the polling stations in 2019.  Namibia, our host country, is also chairing the South African Development Community (SADC) which ensures engagements and projects for the benefit of our SADC community, in the region.  We wish to again extend our best wishes for their tenure.

Closer to home, our President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa has indicated his intention to call national and provincial elections before the end of May 2019.  In terms of our Constitution, elections must be held within 90 days of the expiry of the current term of the National Assembly and provincial legislatures (current administration).

Electoral Act 73 of 1998 makes provision for RSA citizens outside of the country and who wishes to vote, to be able to participate in the elections at South African representative offices (Embassy/High Commission or Consulate).  In Namibia, it will be done at the South African High Commission on the corners of Jan Jonker and Nelson Mandela Road, in Klein Windhoek.

In 2014, the Electoral Act of 1998 was amended and citizens will now be able to apply to register for voting at missions abroad.  Prospective voters may apply in person for registration at the SA High Commission in Windhoek during normal office hours, but a special registration opportunity is offered at the South African High Commission on 2 and 3 February 2019, from 08:00 until 17:00 for voters wishing to vote abroad.    Please note, we are not mandated to assist with the registration process after 17:00 on this weekend.
    
Please also note that as a registered voter with a South African address, citizens need to provide the IEC (Electoral Commission of South Africa) with their new address abroad.  (By law the Electoral Commission is obliged to have an up-to-date and complete address recorded for each voter). I appeal to all South Africans in Namibia to email the Electoral Commission and provide them with your ID number, full names, and new address so that your information can be updated on the voters’ roll. The address is info@elections.org.za

Also, to be eligible to vote out-of-country, voters will still need to inform the Chief Electoral Officer of the Electoral Commission via the completion of an online “Notification and application to CEO for special votes abroad” form (formerly the VEC10 form) – available at www.elections.org.za – of their intention to vote, and by indicating the mission at which they will be voting, once the 2019 national election is proclaimed.

Any other questions related to the elections and voter registration could be accessed via the IEC website.  Furthermore, I instructed that a special e-mail address be created for enquiries and other questions which you were not able to get information on in the FAQ section on the IEC website.  Please note my staff responsible for the election process will only respond to election enquiries on this e-mail and we are unfortunately not able to dedicate a telephone line to election enquiries.  The email is:  election.windhoek@dirco.gov.za

Remember it is the right and also obligation of each South African citizen to participate in the national elections.

My very best regards,

Archie Whitehead

SA High Commissioner, Windhoek, Namibia

 
2019 ELECTIONS: INFORMATION ON VOTING - 27 APRIL 2019
 

VOTING ABROAD IN THE 2019 NATIONAL ELECTION

On 26 February 2019 the President of the Republic of South Africa and the provincial Premiers proclaimed the 8 May 2019 as the elections date by way of notices in the Government Gazette.

Please note that voting day abroad will not occur on the same date as voting inside of the Republic of South Africa on 8 May 2019.

NAMIBIA:  Voting abroad is scheduled for Saturday 27 April 2019.

Now that the President and Premiers have proclaimed the 8 May 2019 as the date of the 2019 National and Provincial Elections, registered voters who intend to vote abroad are required to notify the CEO of the IEC of their intention to vote abroad, and at which mission they intend to vote abroad. This notification template is available on www.elections.org.za and will be available until 13 March 2019.

PLEASE NOTE:  CHANGE OF ADDRESS AND INTENTION TO VOTE ABROAD TO BE DONE BEFORE 13 MARCH 2019 FOR SOUTH AFRICANS WISHING TO VOTE. THE VOTING STATION IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSION (SAHC) IN WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA.

Importantly, voter registration for the 2019 elections closes on the day of proclamation. No further applications to register to vote for the 2019 elections may be received after proclamation.

In summary, to vote abroad in the 2019 National Election, the following is required:

  1. A person needs to be registered to vote, and
  2. Registered voters need to complete an online VEC10 template on www.elections.org.za which will be available until 13 March 2019. 
  3. On voting day abroad, voters will need to take their South African identity document (ID) – either a green barcoded ID book, smart ID card or valid temporary ID certificate AND their valid South African passport to the same mission mentioned in their online VEC10 template. Voting hours are from 7:00 to 19:00.
 

Summary of the South African requirements for minors travelling internationally with effect 01 June 2015

 

2019 ELECTIONS: INFORMATION ON SPECIAL REGISTRATION TO VOTE

 
Media Release: Special Registration Weekend, 2 and 3 February 2019 [PDF]
 
HE Mr WMP Whitehead
Head of Mission
 
 
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