Gauteng ANC Chair calls for a re-vote over Secretary General nomination

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 17, 2017: Delegates gathered during the nomination session of the top six candidates at the 54th National Conference on December 17, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. African National Congress (ANC) members gathered at the Nasrec Expo Centre to begin the voting process for the next ANC President. (Photo by Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Felix Dlangamandla)

ANC Gauteng Deputy Chairperson David Makhura has called for a re-vote in the nomination for the Secretary General position.

The Secretary General position went right down to the wire when Ace Magashule trumped Senzo Mchunu by a mere 24 votes. The result tipped the ANC top six into a chaotic balance of three members from Ramaphosa’s slate, and three from Dlamini-Zuma’s.

Magashule registered 2,360 votes, whereas Mchunu totalled 2,336. David Makhura wants to see another vote happen. He quotes two numbers, 63 or 68, as how many valid voters have had their vote ignored. This is due to an issue with registration and their ‘tags’ not working properly. Those 63 – 68 members had to register a vote separately, and had to be sent via a sealed envelope.

“Our monitors reported to us that the cards were being given. Either 63 or 68 delegates were validated, but did not appear on the voters role.”

“Of those comrades, the electoral commission decided that they most vote separately and their vote counted – the 63 or 68, our monitors are talking about two numbers.”

“By the time the vote was announced, it was not added. They are sealed up somewhere. These votes haven’t been added to the numbers that were delivered to us yesterday. We’re still getting two numbers. The electoral committee must resolve this. A committee is dealing with the matter now. It needs to be resolved.”

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