Bringing your own pen, being marked with fresh ink instead of a marker, and adhering to stringent health requirements is likely to be the new normal for voting in SA.  

The first major test for health protocols at voting stations in SA will be when South Africans vote in by-elections in all nine provinces on November 11. It will be one of the largest by-elections taking place on the same day, as the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) will try to clear the backlog that has been built up over the past six months.

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