Expats start voting in SA's national election

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April 30, 2014: South Africans living abroad exercise their democratic right and cast the initial votes in this year's national election, with the first votes being cast in New Zealand.

April 30, 2014: South Africans living abroad exercise their democratic right and cast the initial votes in this year's national election, with the first votes being cast in New Zealand.

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April 30, 2014: South Africans living abroad exercise their democratic right and cast the initial votes in this year's national election, with the first votes being cast in New Zealand.

April 30, 2014: South Africans living abroad exercise their democratic right and cast the initial votes in this year's national election, with the first votes being cast in New Zealand.

LONDON - The first votes in the 2014 national election have been cast, at South African missions abroad.

Expatriates (expats) in Wellington, New Zealand were the first to make their mark last night.

More than 26,000 voters in 123 cities across the globe have registered to vote.

The SA High Commission on Trafalgar Square in London, will be the busiest - with nearly 10,000 South Africans eligible to vote.

108 flights carried ballot papers, boxes, pens, seals and other material to South African missions across six continents.

There are some 100,000 South Africans scattered across the United Kingdom alone. While the expat vote won’t win this election, the overseas ballot is still a hot contest.

eNCA’s Nickolaus Bauer travelled to the SA High Commission on Trafalgar Square in London earlier this month to see what’s drawing &39;Saffas&39; to the polls -- watch his video report in the gallery above.