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Zuma no confidence vote: How a secret ballot works

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete will reveal her decision on the kind of vote a day before the vote.

Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Lawmakers will find out at 3:30pm on Monday afternoon whether they'll be allowed to vote in secret on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete will reveal her decision a day before the vote.

Protests are planned in Cape Town on the day, but Parliament says no extraordinary security measures are in place for the motion.

Spokesperson Moloto Mothapho said: “We just want to ensure that rumour does not cause unnecessary perception. There will be no extraordinary security measures, the only measure that will be taken will be outside of the precinct and those are the function of the City of Cape Town.”

THE MECHANICS OF A SECRET BALLOT

The last time lawmakers voted by way of a secret ballot in the National Assembly was in 2009 when they had to choose between Congress of the People candidate Mvume Dandala or African National Congress nominee Jacob Zuma for president.

The vote was presided over by the Chief Justice. Former secretary to the National Assembly Kasper Hahndiek says if Mbete allows a secret ballot on Tuesday, either she or her deputy will preside.

He says, parliamentary staff, will also have to be sworn in to officiate over proceedings.

“The Speaker would have to formally appoint some returning officers which would normally be the chamber staff.”

During a secret ballot, Hahndiek says Members of Parliament will have to make their way to voting booths on the floor of the National Assembly chamber.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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