DA congress to be a high-tech 'Hollywood production'

2015-05-08 18:30
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Port Elizabeth - The DA’s election of its new leadership is expected to be a high-tech Hollywood production, the congress's convenor said on Friday.

"Everything is going to go smoothly and sleek. We are expecting it to be the most high-tech conference we have ever had. You can expect a Hollywood production," Greg Krumbock said, adding that a moving tribute for outgoing party leader Helen Zille would be screened.

"We have a total of 1 425 voting delegates, which includes 193 MPs and MPLs. There are 820 councillors and 379 people coming from various branches around the country."

Delegates began arriving at the Boardwalk Hotel Convention Centre and Spa on Wednesday for the two-day federal congress.
The party has booked the entire hotel, which has 140 rooms.

"We are estimating to have about a total of 1 600 people. This is the seventh congress that I have convened and I am confident that everything is ready and there will be no disruptions over who the delegate is or not," Krumbock said.

Delegates would choose either parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane; outgoing federal chair Wilmot James; Adrian Naidoo or Morgan Oliphant, both party members, as party leader.

Members campaigning for Maimane earlier handed out pamphlets at Port Elizabeth International Airport.

On Friday afternoon, party members were meeting in various venues in the hotel.

In the plenary hall, where the congress would take place, electricians were checking lights and doing sound checks.

According to the programme delegates would start registering at 06:30 on Saturday.

Voting procedures would be explained and there would be introductions to policy position papers.

Media could cover the casting of ballots, but would not be allowed into the counting area on Sunday morning.

Election results would be announced at 13:00 on Sunday. A press briefing would be held once the elected candidate had accepted leadership.

Read more on:    da  |  mmusi maimane  |  wilmot james  |  port elizabeth  |  politics

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