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#ANC54: Vote counting still underway behind closed doors

More than 4,700 delegates cast their ballots in a 10-hour voting session that began in the early hours of Monday morning.

Delegates sing and dance during the nominations process at the ANC's national conference on 17 December 2017. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Vote counting is still underway behind locked doors and away from the main plenary at the African National Congress's (ANC) 54th national conference.

More than 4,700 delegates cast their ballots in a 10-hour voting session that began in the early hours of Monday morning.

The big question at Nasrec in Johannesburg and across South Africa at the moment is when will the results be announced.

Aanticipation is rising ahead of the ANC's all-important announcement of its new national leaders.

It's a nail-biting afternoon for the camps of both Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa as vote counting continues.

The two officially because the front-runners after being nominated by delegates, with Ramaphosa leading the pack with over 1,400 branch nominations and Dlamini Zuma with 1,094 nominations.

Dlamini Zuma’s supporters are adamant she will emerge victorious and present the closing address at this conference, while Ramaphosa’s campaigners claim the numbers are on his side.

Outgoing NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane admits this was a bruising race.

Delegates can now be seen walking back into plenary but there's still no clarity on when an announcement will be made.

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