ANC to meet with lawyers over 'missing' votes
ANC representatives are on Friday scheduled to meet with lawyers who are trying to resolve the issue of the 68 “missing voters” from the national conference.
“Yes‚ we will be meeting today. It’s going to be the branches who are complaining and the ANC‚” ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.
The meeting is to be held at Luthuli House on Friday afternoon.
Jacaranda FM reported that Dexter Selepe of Selepe Seleke Attorneys had confirmed the meeting.
Selepe is representing a group of ANC delegates from Limpopo‚ who form part of the 68 missing votes contingent.
On Wednesday‚ newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa called on delegates to “protect the integrity” of the ruling party’s 54th national conference and not to let it “degenerate into controversy and huge legal suits that will nullify the result” of the election of the party’s top six. His appeal was contained in a leaked video sent to journalists attending the conference in Nasrec‚ where he addressed delegates.
The missing votes concern the election of ANC secretary general Ace Magashule. Supporters of his rival‚ Senzo Mchunu‚ an ally of Ramaphosa’s‚ raised concerns that Magashule’s election was irregular. Magashule beat Mchunu by 24 votes in the contest for the position of secretary general.
Mchunu supporters cited an irregular second count and then there was the issue of 68 ballots that went missing during the election of the top six leadership positions.
The bulk of the missing votes came from delegates said to be from Mchunu-allied branches‚ increasing speculation that these votes could easily overturn the 24-vote difference that separated the two candidates.