Collen Maine nominated unopposed for ANCYL president

2015-09-04 21:49
New ANCYL president Collen Maine and deputy president Desmond Moela. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

New ANCYL president Collen Maine and deputy president Desmond Moela. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg - North West chairperson Collen Maine has been nominated unopposed as the new ANCYL president.

Nominations for the ANCYL's top five positions opened at the league's congress in Midrand, Johannesburg on Friday evening, facilitated by the Electoral Commission of SA.

Maine was the only candidate who had qualified for the position after more than an hour of nominations from the floor.

The election commission said final nominations would be announced at the end of the process.

In the run-up to the congress there were allegations that Maine was being imposed on the ANCYL by the so-called "premier league".

Former ANCYL treasurer Pule Mabe was nominated from the floor by Gauteng, however he did not reach the threshold which would qualify him to stand for the position.

After the IEC announced that Mabe did not qualify for the position, delegates cheered and sang Happy Birthday celebrating.

The nomination for president had to be supported by 25% of the voting delegates for the candidate to qualify.

Former ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola was also nominated from the floor.

A number of delegates seconded his nomination, however the IEC said that after counting the votes for him he did not reach the threshold.

This did not sit well with his supporters who called for a re-count of the votes for Lamola.

The decision to have a recount was first taken but later it was changed and it was decided that there will be no recount.

Even though tensions ran high as delegates demanded a recount, the IEC stood its ground and there was no recount.

Delegates were often called to order by various ANC leaders. National Task Team co-ordinator Nathi Mthethwa even showed the delegates the door, saying those who refused to toe the line could leave.

Security was called a number of times to restore order in the plenary.

Some delegates were uncomfortable with this and asked that security be moved.

Nocawe Mafu, who was helping to chair the session, suggested that the microphones be switched off because delegates were speaking at the same time and causing disruptions.

When Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela was nominated from the floor for president he stood up and declined to stand saying: "I decline favour of a recount for Ronald Lamola," to loud cheers.

Once the IEC had closed the nomination processes for the presidential candidate Maine supporters broke into loud cheers in celebration.

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