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Delegates continue voting for ANC top six

Initially, communication from the ANC late on Sunday night was that the voting was postponed purely for logistical and practical reasons and would only begin at 6am on Monday.

A delegate from the Eastern Cape at the nominations process at the ANC's national conference on 17 December 2017. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Delegates have been voting through the night for the African National Congress (ANC)’s top six leadership.

The voting continues on Monday morning after confusion over when this process would get underway.

Initially, communication from the ANC late on Sunday night was that the voting was postponed purely for logistical and practical reasons and would only begin at 6am on Monday.

But after some contestation from delegates, another message was sent to inform the media that the voting would go ahead.

This was in the early hours of this morning and members have been making their mark at the ballot box since then.

Most provinces have now completed voting except for the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.

ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni has confirmed to EWN that its largest province, KwaZulu-Natal, has now begun voting.

She has also given clarity on what caused the confusion late last night when it was unclear whether the process would go ahead or not.

“As you know, national conference is the highest decision-making body of the African National Congress, so when delegates gather here, ant decision that they take supersedes that of structure including the electoral commission.

“So there had been recommendations from the electoral commission that we only start voting in the morning and the delegates felt strongly that they would want to start as early as last night, which is why then we saw that decision being overturned.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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