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All eyes on Motlanthe & Ramaphosa

Candidates will announce whether they will accept nominations to lead the ANC.

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

JOHANNESBURG - The electoral commission which will be running the ANC's elections at Mangaung will announce its plans for what is expected to be a closely watched contest on Tuesday.

The candidates will this week announce whether they accept provincial nominations.

All eyes are on deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa to see if they will accept nominations made by several provinces.

The two have been nominated for the positions of President and Deputy President of the ANC respectively.

Motlanthe received the stamp of approval from three provinces and the ANC Youth League to take over from President Jacob Zuma.

His vote tally is, however, leaving him in the lurch behind the incumbent.

But, Western Cape ANC Secretary Songezo Mjongile said Motlanthe still has a chance.

"All delegates are open to persuasion… So we're going to that conference very positive," said Mjongile.

Should Motlanthe fail in his bid to become the President, he will need to decide whether he will contend the deputy president's position.

Ramaphosa has secured the most votes so far in that battle.

The ANC's Mangaung conference will take place at the University of the Free State from 16 - 20 December.

Around 4000 delegates are expected to descend on Mangaung in the next few days, to represent the various provinces, leagues, branches and committees of the ANC at the party's 53rd conference.