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ANC served letters of demand over missing votes

The ANC has been locked in a dispute over the issue for the past 24 hours, with concerns that the 68 votes could have an impact on the position of secretary general.

FILE: Gwede Mantashe and Jessie Duarte chat during the nominations process at the ANC's national conference on 17 December 2017. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers representing the so-called missing 68 voters say they have sent letters of demand to the convenor of the African National Congress (ANC)'s steering committee Gwede Mantashe, insisting that the votes be counted in the election of top office bearers.

The ANC has been locked in a dispute over the issue for the past 24 hours, with concerns that the 68 votes could have an impact on the position of secretary general.

Lawyers representing the so-called 'missing 68 voters’ at the party's Nasrec conference say legal papers have been drafted, but they are waiting for the plenary to decide on the dispute before going to court.

Attorney Dexter Selepe represents 19 of the 68 voters, he says a letter of demand has been sent to the ANC's steering committee and to the chairperson, demanding that the 68 votes be considered in the election count.

He says his clients are waiting for the conference's plenary to consider this issue before going to court.

While legal papers have been drafted, none have been filed at the High Court and no hearing is scheduled to take place.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)