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ANCYL spat over poll process

2008-04-07 18:05

Bloemfontein - The ANC Youth League adjourned its national congress on Monday, moments after announcing its new leaders, in order to address objections against the election process.

ANC Youth League spokesperson Zizi Kodwa told journalists waiting to interview newly-elected president Julius Malema that there was dispute about the election of the top five leaders.

"There was an issue that was raised in the election agency about some matters of dispute in the process of counting and voting."

Kodwa said the congress decided this could not be a matter for the plenary, because there was also a view that the provincial representatives were not necessarily expressing the view of all delegates.

Kodwa said the congress had adjourned so that the ANCYL's steering committee, the electoral commission and the election agency could discuss the issues.

"The allegations must now be substantiated by evidence."

Kodwa said general claims could be made that people did not accept the results, but for ANCYL to speak on authority "we need an element of evidence from whoever was making these claims".

He said the ANCYL did not know the exact allegations that were made, and those who were objecting would get an opportunity to present their case.

Kodwa said the election of the top five stood, depending upon the outcome of the meeting.

It was not known when the congress would reconvene.