JOHANNESBURG, March 14 (Xinhua) -- A total of 30,532 South Africans have applied to cast their vote in the country's elections at one of South Africa's 121 foreign missions, said the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday.
The IEC Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said of those who applied, 29,334 were approved to vote in the May 8 elections abroad. He stated that there is an increase in South Africans registering to vote abroad.
"In 2014 the Electoral Commission received 27,899 applications to vote outside the country of which 26,716 were approved and a total of 18,446 actually voted in the election," said Mamabolo.
He stated that voters abroad would be required to present their South African identity document and a valid passport.
London has the highest number of approved applications to vote, at 9,084. Dubai has the second highest number at 1,542.