COPE releases conference resolution

The Congress of the People said it wanted the Scorpions to be reinstated and the country’s electoral...

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The Congress of the People said it wanted the Scorpions to be reinstated and the country’s electoral system to be reviewed. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

On Thursday, it released the resolution of its inaugural conference in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><?xml:namespace prefix="u1"?><city u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on">Bloemfontein last month.

This forms the basis of its election manifesto which will be released in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><city u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on">Port Elizabeth in February.

COPE was hesitant to draw distinctions between itself and the African National Congress.

Head of elections Mlungisi Hlongwane said it would be the electorate that would decide how the parties differed.

“We do not have an assignment to identify what distinguishes us from the ruling party or any other it is the voter that must make that decision.”

However, General Secretary Charlotte Lobe did point out some differences.

“An electoral system, where you have the president elected directly by the people, where the premier is elected directly by the people [sic].”

The new party said its membership had surpassed the 500 000 mark and described its growth as momentous.