Voting in the National and Provincial Elections


Provincial and National Elections 7 May 2014The National and Provincial elections take place every five years. The outcome of the elections determines which political party will  govern the country and how many seats each political party will have in Parliament. Similarly, these elections also determine which of the political parties will govern each of the nine provinces.

This year, registered voters are encouraged to vote in the fifth general elections on Wednesday, 7 May 2014. 

You can check your registration status, ward number and voting station location here

The first democratic elections were held in 1994, and every five years since then. Municipal elections are held separately.

You can view the results of the 2009 provincial election online.


To vote in the elections, you first need to be registered on the Voters' Roll. You will then be able to vote at the voting station in the area that you are registered in. 

The voting process works as follows:

  • You enter the voting station and your name is checked against the Voters' Roll to make sure that you are registered and that you haven't already voted.
  • Your thumb is inked to prevent you from trying to vote twice.
  • You are given a ballot paper which contains a list of all the parties. Make sure that the back of your ballot paper is stamped or it will be considered invalid. 
  • You mark your ballot in private.
  • Finally, you cast your vote, by placing the marked ballot paper in the sealed voting box.

For more information, contact the provincial IEC office:

Sixth Floor
Customs House
Cape Town
Tel: 021 910 5700
Fax: 021 910 4965

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The content on this page was last updated on 29 April 2014