ANC confirms voting for NEC ended, counting underway

But with the governing party's 54th national conference expected to conclude on Wednesday, the prospects of impending court action remain unclear.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has confirmed that voting for the party's national executive committee has ended and counting is now underway.

But with the governing party's 54th national conference expected to conclude on Wednesday, the prospects of impending court action remain unclear.

Since Tuesday, there has been speculation about what the national steering committee of the party will do to resolve the omission of 68 votes from the overall top six results.

It is understood that the addition of these ballots would materially affect the position of secretary-general, which was won by the Free State’s Ace Magashule.

Supporters of runner-up Senzo Mchunu have meanwhile called for the votes to be revealed to resolve this impasse.

Eyewitness News understands that senior counsel have been placed on standby to represent Mchunu if the steering committee refuses to add the 68 votes.

But on Tuesday night EWN also verified with the South Gauteng High Court that there has been no urgent application filed yet.

Mchunu supporters have denied wanting to head to court, saying that no legal processes have begun.

The ANC has remained mum on what, if any, decision was taken at the steering committee’s meeting – which has also led to intense speculation – causing confusion about whether there's a chance the conference will collapse.

Meanwhile, the announcement of the new NEC will be made later today.