No foul play in ANC OR Tambo votes - report

2012-08-25 23:04

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East London - No foul play was detected in the voting process at the OR Tambo ANC's regional conference earlier this month, The Sunday Times reported.

ANC provincial chairperson Phumullo Massuale told the newspaper that the "discrepancies" - whereby additional votes that could not be accounted for, were found - had been investigated.

"We have concluded that those errors could be genuine errors," he said.

"We can't trace any ulterior motives."

This weekend the ANC OR Tambo branch is holding its second regional conference. This after its first one - two weeks ago - was adjourned following allegations that membership figures were inflated, and that there were several "ghost" delegates.

Investigative report

On Saturday night, ANC provincial spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said conference delegates would receive an investigative report on the circumstances around the aborted conference.

He said the investigative report to be presented on Saturday "managed to unravel what happened in detail", but did not elaborate on what these findings were.

Qoboshiyane said voting at this weekend's conference was expected to begin late on Saturday night.

"We are expecting voting until midnight."

He said results of who had been appointed to the branch's top five positions should be available in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The provincial executive committee - which has taken control of the OR Tambo region since the initial aborted conference - has appointed a committee to keep an eye on this weekend's proceedings.

Integral to Zuma's bid

At the first conference, the electoral commission discovered that votes were cast by 591 delegates, instead of the 587 adopted by the plenary. The PEC adjourned the conference afterwards.

Unnamed sources at the conference reportedly said earlier regional chair Thandekile Sabisa defeated his challenger William Ngozi by 296 votes to 295.

Sabisa was allegedly pushing for a change in the national leadership, while Ngozi was allegedly part of group lobbying for a second term for President Jacob Zuma.

The outcome of the region's election would be integral to Zuma's bid to retain the leadership of the party at its national congress in Mangaung in December.

The region is the largest in the Eastern Cape, and the second largest ANC region in the country, after eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal - Zuma's home province.
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