KZN ANC leadership dismisses vote-rigging claims

2015-11-16 13:57
KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Senzo Mchunu. Picture: Tebogo Letsie

KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Senzo Mchunu. Picture: Tebogo Letsie

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Pietermaritzburg - The provincial ANC leadership has rejected allegations of vote-rigging at the party’s provincial conference.

Held in Pietermaritzburg a week ago, Sihle Zikalala, who was the party’s KZN secretary at the time, and his supporters ousted former chairperson Senzo Mchunu in a conference that was characterised by intense lobbying.

Branches believed to have supported Mchunu, the current provincial premier, have reportedly rejected the results citing irregularities.

Mchunu has subsequently not been given any seat on the provincial executive council, effectively leaving the province’s number one citizen out of a core decision-making body.

But new provincial secretary Super Zuma said the conference “was one of the most transparent elective political party conferences ever to take place in the country”.

“Any suggestions about rigging are mischievous and libellous. The ANC has gone to great lengths to ensure transparency of the voting process and the integrity of the results.”

Zuma said the proceedings had been monitored by more than 30 senior national executive committee (NEC) members, which included deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize.

Zuma said the voting process had been preceded by a head count where NEC, provincial executive committee (PEC) and regional leaders verified each and every voting delegate at the conference.

The Witness

recently reported that regional leaders had been called to help and verify rightful owners of accreditation tags, amid allegations of duplication of the tags.

“The voting and vote counting was done manually, not electronically, and every step of the way was open to full scrutiny to observers from the national monitoring team and all ANC regions had comrades observing the voting and counting processes.

“As such, any possibility of manipulation of the election outcome could only be a figment of one’s imagination,” he said.

Zuma said it was “understandable that some participants might be aggrieved by the results” but that this was “a feature of democracy”.

ANC national spokesperson Keith Khoza said members had 14 days after the conference to file their objections if they are not happy about the results.

“At the moment I have not heard of any objections, but I would not know as they are filed directly to secretary general [Gwede Mantashe],” he said.

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