#ANC54: Talks over ‘missing’ 68 votes continue behind closed doors

Senzo Mchunu who lost by 24 votes to Ace Magashule believes the 68 votes could see him installed as secretary general instead.

FILE: ANC banners fly high at Nasrec as delegates make their way to the plenary. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

NASREC - Talks appear still to be underway behind closed doors to resolve the dispute over 68 votes not included in the final tally for the African National Congress (ANC)’s top six leadership elections.

The dispute’s delayed the start of voting for NEC positions.

The battle over credentials ended with an agreement at the weekend that 68 Kwazulu-Natal branches, the validity of whose branch general meetings were being challenged, could vote. But that these votes would be sealed and set aside.

That meant that only 4,708 of the votes cast reflected in the final tally.

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Political analyst Sthembile Mbete has told 702 the decision was reached on Sunday.

“A special vote would be held for those 68 branches, so their votes would be held separately from the rest of the votes until the matter of credentials was finalised through party structures.”

It seems that Senzo Mchunu who lost by 24 votes to Ace Magashule believes the some of those 68 votes could see him installed as Secretary General instead.

The other side has responded by demanding a re-run of the entire vote for the top six.

Mbete says the concern is that this dispute could threaten to collapse the conference.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)