Voting has started at DA congress

2015-05-09 22:15
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Port Elizabeth - Voting for the new Democratic Alliance leader started at 06:30 on Sunday, congress convener Greg Krumbock told News24 on Saturday.

A total of 1 370 delegates will cast their vote for the highly contested position in a race between parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, outgoing federal chairperson James Wilmot and two other members, Adrian Naidoo and Morgan Oliphant.

The 2015 Federal Congress taking place in Port Elizabeth began on Saturday.

“Voting will close at 08:30 sharp. There is huge excitement and enthusiasm to vote,” said Krumbock.

Delegates will start queuing up at 6:00 on Sunday morning.

“The counting will start immediately after 8:30. The process includes balancing all the ballots and capturing just over 21 000 individual entries. The deadlines are very tight, but because our IT systems are so efficient, we expect to have the results by 12:45.”

He said fifteen minutes after the process the results will be announced to the delegates at the Boardwalk Hotel Convention Centre’s plenary pall, where the two day congress is taking place.

He told News24 that the party expected 96% poll turnout, 1 370 delegates, will have voted by 08:30.

Krumbock told News24 that the party recorded 1 425 delegates that attended the congress.

“The numbers may have changed a little because of delegates falling ill or having to attend to urgent family matters,” he said.

According to a congress operations document, the newly elected leader after accepting election to the position, will address the media with other elected members.

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