The Electoral Commission (IEC) is encouraging South Africans to apply for special votes.

Applications opened three days ago and will close on the fourth of next month.

Applications should be made by voters who will not be able to cast their votes on November the first at their voting station by virtue of being at work and such.

They include police, nurses, doctors and members of the media.

Voters who are not able to travel to the voting stations because of physical infirmity or disability should also apply.

Eligible voters, who are unable to travel to the voting station and have successfully applied for a special vote will be visited at their residence or confinement on October 30 and 31.

Special voting takes place on the two days preceding Election Day.

Applicants can apply online at www.elections.org.za, via SMS by sending their ID number to 32249 or in person at their local Municipal Electoral Office.

1.7 million people registered

On Monday, the IEC said 1.7 million people registered on the weekend across the country.

Eligible voters could continue to register on its online portal until Monday midnight (20th), when the voter’s roll closed due to the election date being officially proclaimed.

The largest numbers of people who registered at the weekend were in KwaZulu-Natal followed by Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

The Commission says the trend of more women than men being registered continues with women forming 52% of the voters’ roll.

SABC Reporter, Natasha Phiri on IEC briefing on voter registration: