South Africans cast their ballots at a polling station in Cape Town's Khayelitsha township, April 22, 2009. South Africans voted on Wednesday in an election expected to preserve the dominance of the African National Congress despite the strongest opposition challenge since apartheid ended 15 years ago. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Johannesburg - South Africans living abroad have begun casting their votes, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Wednesday.

“It began last night (on Tuesday) in Amsterdam and New Zealand,” said spokeswoman Kate Bapela.

“Today, it is continuing in all parts of the world.”

Voting was running smoothly.

“So far so good. We have not received any contradictory reports so things are going well.”

Voting stations opened at different times in different parts of the world, she said.

More than 26 400 people had successfully applied to cast their ballots abroad. London had the highest number of expatriate voters at 9 863, followed by Dubai with 1 539 registered voters.

General elections in South Africa will take place on May 7. - Sapa