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Get Ready to Vote in Joburg


As the country prepares to assemble for the 7th Democratic National and Provincial elections, Joburg Tourism shares with you a voting checklist and useful tools to use, to be sure you’re set and ready to vote!


With the first democratic election having taken place some 25 years ago, 1994 left its historic mark in the hearts and minds of each and every South African. With an uncertain future but one that could only be an improvement to the country’s past, together, South Africa took its very first step into a future of democracy, equality and reconciliation. Now 25 years later, the Joburg air is filled with the same anticipation and optimism as it was in 1994 with the 2019 National and Provincial elections scheduled to take place on May 8, 2019.

To follow find everything you need to know, some tips and tools to check if you are registered, where you need to vote and other useful information to make sure you are prepared ahead of polling time!


When Are 2019 Elections?

The 2019 National and Provincial Elections will take place on Wednesday 8 May 2019 from 07h00 to 21h00


Am I Registered to Vote?

You can check your registration status for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections by visiting IEC online or by sending an SMS to 32810 (at a cost of R1 per SMS). Both methods will require your ID number to be submitted in order to evaluate your voting status and registered details.


Can I Still Register to Vote?

Applications for a special vote in South Africa for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections have closed (18 April 2019). This cut-off date is mandated by law and unfortunately no exceptions can be made for late registrations following this date.


Where Do I Need to Go?

When registering to vote, you would have been allocated a specified voting station based on your place of residence (where you registered vote). If you are not sure where this is you can check where you are registered to vote by  visiting the IEC online or by sending an SMS with your ID number to 32810 (R1.00 per SMS).


Where Can I Find My Joburg Voting Station Details

The IEC Online has provided for a useful online tool used to locate your registered polling station. Visit the IEC Online Voting Station Finder. Simply type in your physical address in the search bar of the interactive map and the Voting Station Finder will deliver all the details of your registered voting station including:

  • The Name
  • Street Address
  • Suburb
  • Ward
  • GPS Co-ordinates


How Can I Check My Special Voting Status?

If you are not able to vote at your registered voting station and have completed a special vote application, you can check your special voting status, the predetermined date you will be required to cast your vote as well as the location, online. You can check the My Special Vote Applications Status on the IEC Online or SMS your South African ID Number to 32711 (Costs R1 per SMS).


Who Can I Speak To?

The IEC have availed an expert team of representatives that you can contact should you have any questions or concerns. Contact the National Call Centre on 0800 11 8000 or feel free to email


With less than a month to go before the country’s seventh democratic election, we hope this has helped you prepare to take to the polls and once again exercise your constitutional right to vote freely, fairly and without influence, under the watchful eye of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Cast your vote and get counted!