JZ camp a voting force

2012-10-03 00:00

PROVINCES that support President Jacob Zuma’s re-election make up 43% of allocated voting delegates.

The ANC finalised the allocation of branch delegates at a meeting today, attended by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, provincial chairpersons and secretaries as well as members of the party’s congress preparatory committee.

Over 90% of the 4 500 delegates to the ANC’s national congress in Mangaung in December will vote in its leadership election.

Provinces that support Zuma — the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga — make up 43% of allocated voting delegates.

The incumbent also enjoys support in other provinces that are divided between re-electing him for the second term and electing Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to take over the presidency.

KwaZulu-Natal is still leading with 974 delegates, followed by the Eastern Cape with 676. Limpopo takes the third biggest delegation at 574 and Gauteng 500.

Allocations for the remaining provinces are: 467 for Mpumalanga, 324 for the Free State, 234 for North West, 178 for the Western Cape, while the Northern Cape is allowed to bring 176 delegates.

Party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the allocation of 4 103 voting delegates (91,2%) was agreed upon by a team mandated by Friday’s special national executive committee meeting to find a way to resolve the stand-off on the sharing of 416 places.

NEC members at Friday’s meeting disagreed on the formula to use to share the 416 delegate seats after branches in good standing were each allocated a delegate.

Mthembu said yesterday’s meeting agreed on a formula to be used “uniformly” to allocate the remaining 416 delegates. An NEC member who was at the meeting said each province benefited from the 416 “floating delegates” and the remaining one seat was “donated” to the Northern Cape.

The ANC NEC will take 82 delegates, provinces 180 delegates and the ANC Youth, Women’s and Veterans’ Leagues will each be represented by 45 delegates.

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