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Electoral Act
Modified February 04, 2002

Contents

PART V

Residence Qualifications of Voters

20. Residence qualifications


20 Residence qualifications

(a1) In this section and section 21ó

"proof of identity" means a passport, identity document issued in terms of section 7 of the National Registration Act [Issue of identity documents] [Chapter 10:17] or drivers licence issued in terms of the Road Traffic Act [Chapter 13:11];

"proof of qualification as a voter" means a passport or identity document issued in terms of section 7 of the National Registration Act [Issue of identity documents] [Chapter 10:17];

"proof of residence", in relation to a constituency, means proof by way ofó

(a) a receipt or demand for payment of any rate in terms of the Urban Councils Act [Chapter 29:15], rate or levy in terms of the Rural District Councils Act [Chapter 29:13], or charge for the provision of electricity, in the name of the owner of the property concerned or (in the case of an occupier other than the owner, such a receipt or demand in the name of the owner accompanied by a written statement of the owner confirming the occupation of the property by the occupier); or

(b) a sworn statement by the employer of the voter or claimant confirming the voterís or claimantís address; or (c) a sworn statement by the voter or claimant confirming his or her address or place of residence; or (d) a bank statement, hospital bill or envelope with a post marking, bearing the name of the voter or claimant and the voterís or claimantís address, or such other proof of residence as may be prescribed; or (e) a verbal or written statement of the name of the chief, headman and, if applicable, village head of the area and village where the voter or claimant resides.

[Subsection (a1) as inserted by s. 3 of Act 2 of 2002.]

(1) In order to have the requisite residence qualifications to be registered as a voter in a particular constituency, a claimant must be resident in that constituency at the date of his claim: Provided that, if a claimant satisfies the Registrar-General that, for reasons related to his place of origin, political affiliations or otherwise, it is appropriate for the claimant to be registered as a voter in a constituency in which he is not resident, the claimant may be registered as a voter in that constituency. (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), a claimant shall be deemed to be residing in a constituency while he is absent therefrom for a temporary purpose. (3) A voter who is registered on the votersí roll for a constituency, other than a voter who has been registered in that constituency in terms of the proviso to subsection (1), shall not be entitled to have his name retained on such roll if, for a continuous period of 12 months, he has ceased to reside in that constituency. Provided that nothing in this subsection shall prevent his name from being struck off such votersí rolló (a) on his being registered in another constituency; or (b) if he becomes disqualified for registration as a voter. (4) The Registrar-General or any constituency registrar may demand from any voter who is registered on the votersí roll for a constituency proof of identity, proof of qualification as a voter, proof of residence in that constituency or all or any combination of the foregoing.

[Subsection (4) as inserted by s. 3 of Act 2 of 2002.]

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