The Democratic Alliance (DA) has recently launched an online petition urging the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to increase the number of voting stations accessible to South Africans living, working, studying, or traveling abroad.
With the upcoming elections next year, the party believes that it is crucial for all South Africans to have convenient access to voting facilities.
In response to this demand, the IEC has introduced an online registration portal for South Africans abroad. Additionally, citizens can register and vote at embassies and high commissions.
While the online registration portal has been well-received, the DA’s communications manager, Kelly Clark, emphasizes the importance of having an adequate number of voting stations in various cities to ensure accessibility for all.
Clark explains, “We really need to make sure that along with online registration, there is an improved number of voting stations for South Africans abroad. It is essential that citizens vote in a city near them without incurring high costs.”
The DA’s online petition seeks to address the concerns of South Africans abroad who may face challenges in travelling long distances or incurring significant expenses to exercise their right to vote.
By advocating for an increased number of voting stations, the party aims to ensure that all citizens can participate in the democratic process, regardless of their location.
As South Africa prepares for the upcoming elections, the DA’s call for an improved voting infrastructure abroad highlights the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in the democratic system.