ANC opens nomination process

ANC regions across the country can now put forward their preferred candidates to lead the party.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at a post-NEC briefing on 21 May, 2012. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the African National Congress (ANC)'s National Executive Committee (NEC) have two months to complete the nomination process for a new leadership ahead of the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

On Friday, the NEC held discussions about a membership audit report, which showed that over 1,2 million members are in good standing with the ruling party.

It also revealed that over 3,500 branches will participate in the nomination process.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said it is all systems go for the nomination process for candidates who want to lead the party.

"For intended purposes, the process has been declared open."

A total of 4,500 delegates are expected to attend the Manguang conference in December.

"We have two months to complete the process of nominations. We must complete it by the end of November."

The number of delegates allocated to each region will be determined its size and population, which will only be finalised by next week Tuesday.

Mantashe said he is unable to elaborate on why the number of delegates in the Eastern Cape had dramatically decreased while KwaZulu-Natal members increased sharply.

Over 330,000 members are in KZN while the number of members in the Eastern Cape has dropped to under 186,000.

President Jacob Zuma appears to have the support of almost all branches in KwaZulu-Natal, which gives his campaign for a second term as party leader a big boost.

Mantashe said one of the reasons why the numbers have changed may be because KZN is a bigger province than the Eastern Cape.

"There is a great effort of building the organisation in KwaZulu-Natal. It is a big province which has always been under-represented, with 11 regions while the Eastern Cape has eight."