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Expat Votes May Count| News by Staff Reporter
The DA has proposed changing the legislation regarding expat votes
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has proposed the introduction of legislative amendments to allow South Africans living abroad the opportunity to vote in national and provincial elections.
This was announced on Sunday by the DA, who said the amendment bill had a good chance of succeeding in Parliament.
In the 2009 national election the DA received 77% of the votes counted from South Africans in foreign countries, indicating a strong following among expats.
“The bill has a good chance of succeeding in Parliament,” said DA spokesperson on home affairs Annette Lovemore.
“The proposed legislation is underpinned by the political rights conferred on all South Africans by Section 19 of the constitution of the Republic of SA (Act 108 of 1996),” she said.
The DA said it would propose allowing South Africans to vote through postal voting, voting by proxy, e-voting and voting by fax like is done in the United States.
Lovemore said this process could take up to a year to be considered by Parliament.