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ANC scrutinises ‘Vote No’ campaign

South Africans head to the polls for national and provincial elections on 7 May.

FILE: On Tuesday Kasrils said people should write the word ‘no’ on their ballot papers to make a political point.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC leaders are now trying to work out if the 'Vote No' campaign will have an impact on their share of the vote.

South Africans head to the polls for national and provincial elections on 7 May.

Launched at the University of Johannesburg on Tuesday, the campaign is led by former ANC members Ronnie Kasrils and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge.

They are calling on South Africans to spoil their ballot or vote for smaller political parties to oppose corruption and show dissatisfaction with the ruling party.

Speaking at the launch, Kasrils said people should write the word 'no' on their ballot papers to make a political point.

Political analyst Professor Steven Friedman says it may not have a huge impact on the actual turnout.

"It's a big issue within the ANC. Of course it's also an interesting issue for many voters who are traditional ANC voters and who are not quite sure what to do in this election."

Meanwhile, religious leaders in Cape Town have called on people to go out and vote because it's their hard won democratic right to do so.

Methodist Church Bishop Michel Hansrod said the 'Vote No' campaign was adding to a growing chorus of pre-election hype.

"It's one of the many voices and ours is to give encouragement to people to give expression to that right, which was denied to millions of people for a long time."

The group of religious leaders, led by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, held a media briefing on Tuesday to unveil their plans to march on Saturday in protest against corruption.

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