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ANC counts votes for EC leadership

ANC delegates are currently voting for new regional leadership in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

ANC supporters at the Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Votes were being counted on Monday for the African National Congress' (ANC) regional conference taking place in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

The gathering is seen as a barometer for President Jacob Zuma's support in the run-up to the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung.

More than 500 delegates arrived in Mthatha on Friday morning for the regional conference of the OR Tambo region of the ANC.

The region is, after Ethekwini in KwaZulu-Natal, the single largest region of the ruling party.

Delegates were voting for new regional leadership.

One list of leaders is aligned to Zuma and another to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and a win in Mthatha would boost the campaign of either leader.

The conference descended into chaos on a number of occasions over the weekend as delegates could not agree on a credentials report, which states who is allowed to vote at the conference.

Results are expected in due course on Monday.

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