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Parliament, Tuesday 16 April 2019 – The Presiding Officers of Parliament, Speaker of the National Assembly Ms. Baleka Mbete and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Ms. Thandi Modise call for those who qualify for special votes to ensure that they apply.

By law, you can apply for a special vote if you are physically infirm, disabled or pregnant or you cannot vote at your voting station on election day.

It is understood that, the Holy Month of Ramadan will possibly commence on Tuesday 6 or 7 May 2019, depending on the sighting of the new moon. This means the National and Provincial Elections taking place on 08 May will coincide with the beginning of the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan in which Muslims observe the abstinence of food and drink from sunrise to sunset.

In ensuring that the elections run smoothly for all those observing Ramadan the IEC has made an allowance for members of the Muslim community who find it necessary to apply to cast a special vote.

For those who qualify and wish to apply can do so on the IEC website, at a local IEC office or sending an SMS with their ID number to 32249.

The application for special votes will close on 18 April. Special votes will be cast on Monday 06 May and Tuesday 07 May from 09:00 to 17:00.

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