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Opposition parties confirm making submissions to Speaker for secret ballot

Parties have until the end of business on Friday, 14 July, to submit their views on the preferred means of voting.

Leaders of opposition parties at a briefing on the upcoming motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and United Democratic Movement (UDM) says they have already made their submissions to the Speaker's office to reiterate the call for a secret ballot on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Parties have until the end of business on Friday, 14 July to submit their views on the preferred means of voting when the motion is held on 8 August.

Opposition parties say they will also be writing to Baleka Mbete to recuse herself from presiding over the debate.

Last month, the Constitutional Court ruled that Mbete has the jurisdiction to decide whether to hold a ballot in secret.

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Opposition parties say she must now act accordingly.

The DA's John Steenhuisen says: “We do not believe that political parties should be party to that decision. Because if we want to review it at a later stage, we would essentially be reviewing a decision we were part of making.”

The UDM's Bantu Holomisa says Mbete lacks impartiality and must recuse herself from the debate.

“We have heard Baleka saying members of the ANC must not vote against the president.”

Opposition parties want Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli to preside instead.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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