ANC: Errors on voters’ roll not deliberate

2012-10-30 00:00

THE ANC in the eThekwini region yesterday dismissed reports that some members were deliberately left out and sidelined at the branch general meetings that are underway to nominate their leadership preferences for the Mangaung congress.

“There is no member who can be deliberately left out. There may as well be human errors, administrative processes like typing of names,” regional chairperson Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said.

Dhlomo was reacting to reports that some branches holding branch general meetings (BGM) reportedly have issues — like the exclusion of members from the voters’ roll and sidelining of members that did not support current leadership in the region’s congress.

Dhlomo said the voters’ roll was not compiled by the regional and provincial leadership.

“The voters roll that is actually there for BGMs to be conducted in branches is following audit that has been done by national office,” he said.

He also said almost all people, who joined the ANC and were in good standing, appeared on the voters’ roll., but Dhlomo said there could be various reasons why members did not appear on the voters roll which allowed members in good standing to participate in nominations and be eligible to be delegates to Mangaung.

“It may as well be that [their] membership [had] expired …, and the audit is done to check members in good status. There may be members who may have moved their residences and therefore their addresses would remain in the previous branch.”

Provincial spokesperson Senzo Mkhize insisted there was no way regions and province could interfere with the voters’ roll.

“The voters’ roll is a subject of audit process. They [auditors] look at members in good standing. Out of that they compile a voters’ roll,” he said.

“Voters roll does not come from region and province. It comes from directly from national offices based on status of members in that particular branch. It is to make sure we do not interfere,” Mkhize said.

“I hate to hear them being sidelined and the matter is raised with other people that may not support or help them,” Dhlomo said.

Meanwhile, the region is racing against time to hold BGMs for all its 103 branches ahead of the cut-off date.

After holding about 15 BGMs at the weekend, the region now has 60 branches that completed BGMs.

Dhlomo was hopeful BGMs would be completed before the auditing of the BGMs and convening of a provincial general council.

“I really hope we will and with the acceleration so far we will meet deadline for our 40 remaining BGMs in two and half weeks.

He also said the region was doing its best to ensure BGMs formed quorum by giving branches new dates when they could not do so.

“We don’t see it as a big problem. The provincial executive committee did acknowledge we are a big region with too many branches.”

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