Nominations for ANC top six to take place this afternoon

The final number of voting delegates at the ANC’s conference which kicks off today will only be known when the credentials report is presented.

Members of the ANC NEC on a walkabout of the Nasrec ahead of the start of the party's national conference on 14 December, 2017. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Nominations for the African National Congress (ANC)’s new president and top leadership are set to take place this afternoon, with the outcome now due to be announced on Sunday night.

The ANC’s conference programme could still be amended, however, due to delays.

Some delegates must still complete registration, while there is also a special meeting of the national executive committee to discuss pressing matters, including the implications of on Friday’s court rulings that impact on KwaZulu-Natal, free state and the North West party structures.

The final number of voting delegates at the ANC’s conference which kicks off today will only be known when the credentials report is presented.

Disputes over credentials, as in who has the right to vote, routinely cause lengthy delays at ANC elective conferences.

ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte is scheduled to deliver the credentials report in a closed session set down to start at noon today.

For anyone wanting to collapse the conference, this would be the place to start.

Nominations for the position of president and top officials due to start at half past three today may be delayed.

Most candidates will have signed their nomination forms, but there can also be nominations from the floor, which need the backing of 25% of delegates.

If all goes according to plan, South Africans will find out who the new president of the ANC is on Sunday night.

Nominations for the national executive committee are due to take place on Monday night, with the outcome to be announced on Wednesday.