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ANC Electoral Commission work begins

Official announcements on candidates for the ANC's top six will be made at the Mangaung conference.

ANC President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

LUTHULI HOUSE - The ANC's Electoral Commission said it was not ready to publicly announce which candidates accepted nominations for the upcoming elective conference in Mangaung.

This is after Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe officially confirmed on Thursday that he accepted a nomination to stand as president of the ANC.

Motlanthe's spokesperson Thabo Masebe confirmed the acceptance.

"He was informed by the Electoral Commission that he was nominated for three positions - President, Deputy President and [as an] additional member.

"He did inform [the commission] that he will be accepting all those nominations."

On Wednesday, ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa also confirmed that he accepted nomination to stand for the position of deputy president.

The announcement came just an hour after the Electoral Commission held a press conference to discuss processes and procedures for the Mangaung conference.

The commission said the official announcement of candidates will be made in Mangaung.

Election Commissioner Tshilidzi Ratshitanga said, "We would like the ANC branches to know first. They should engage with one another in order to have a view [on the candidates]."

The commission's chairman Mochubela Seekoe said the process cannot be rushed.

"South Africans by nature are very contentious. So we will continue to have the process until we finalise the procedure."

The vote for the ANC's top six will be done position by position, and voting will be via secret ballot.

The votes will be counted manually.

Nominations will be allowed from the floor of the conference and these can be accepted until the vote starts.

FREE STATE COURT BATTLES

The Constitutional Court will hand down judgment on Friday in a challenge brought by ANC's Free State members about the validity of the party's provincial executive committee (PEC).

The court heard the matter in November.

It was brought by a group led by Free State member Mpho Ramakatsa and five others who want the PEC dissolved.

They claimed that the election process at branch level was tainted by irregularities.

The court's judgment could impact whether the province can send members to the Mangaung conference.

The current PEC is in favour of retaining Zuma as president of the party

The ANC's 53rd Elective Conference will take place from the 16 - 20 December at the University of the Free State in Mangaung.