Midnight start to voting for ANC top six

2012-12-18 06:22

Mangaung - Delegates at the ANC's national elective conference in Manguang started voting for the party's top six officials around 00:30 on Tuesday.

The results were expected to be announced later in the day.

The African National Congress' conference nominated its preferred candidates for their leadership on Monday afternoon.

President Jacob Zuma and party deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe were both nominated to lead the ANC.

Cyril Ramaphosa, Mathews Phosa and Tokyo Sexwale were nominated for deputy president.

Motlanthe withdrew his candidacy for deputy president.

Two candidates were nominated for secretary general - Gwede Mantashe and Fikile Mbalula. Mantashe currently holds the position.

Jessie Duarte was the only person standing for deputy secretary general.

Baleka Mbete and current deputy secretary general Thandi Modise were both standing for national chairperson.

Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile and KwaZulu-Natal chair Zweli Mkhize were nominated for treasurer general.

Electoral committee member and ANC veteran Andrew Mlangeni said the voting would take place by secret ballot.

The election process would be handled by the Elexions Agency, which was a technical team.

Delegates' tags would be scanned with a hand held scanner. This was linked to a computer that would capture the names of the delegates and mark that they had received a ballot paper.

Each delegate's left thumb would be marked with indelible ink, in case of computer failure or a dispute.

A total of 200 booths had been set up for voting.

Votes would be counted manually.

Thobile Thomas from the Elexions Agency said 4 075 delegates would vote.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-12-18 06:28

    hmmm......I wonder if they continued drinking 'Moet' whilst voting. Today will tell?? Lets hope the day brings good news. Pieter Dirk Uys for president, Hellen Zille for deputy!! Seriously, it is a scary time right now........the stock markets are waiting in the wings too.....

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-18 07:05

      If they started voting at 00.30, what do you think they did before the time. hmmm, I agree yayha - the the champs flow bro!!! hope the bubblies inspire them to vote correctly (hmmmmmmm - that will still be wrongly)

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-12-18 07:15

      This will change nothing. JZ will still be SA number one corrupted tax thief and liar.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-12-18 07:39

      I have been watching the news since early......bad tidings afoot methinks...Its the manual counting that scares me too.

      xolanit.ntuli.9 - 2012-12-18 07:44

      Adapt Or Fly! Hahaaaaa, I like that one

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-12-18 07:55

      Oh no not another four years of Zuma. People would have wished that the impending apocalypse prophesied by the Mayas is true because that would have been preferable to Zumas corrupt and incompetent regime. If there was a God Zuma would be out. But as there is no God there is NO one to help SA.

  • wayne.wasserfall - 2012-12-18 06:44

    Tolla for president

  • emma.jay.1466 - 2012-12-18 06:46

    Amazing how the technology is so sophisticated for Mangaung voting compared to NATIONAL elections.

      travis.vermaak - 2012-12-18 06:57

      Yet the votes will be counted manually. Trevor Manual left there anyone else left who CAN count?

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-18 07:31

      Hehehehe .....

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-12-18 06:49

    Really? This conference is predominantly about voting for their people and they can't even get that right?

  • xolile.khoza.505 - 2012-12-18 06:53

    I did try to warn people about Msholozi taking the hot sit for the second term. Motlanthe is not a suitable candidate, those who support him have got some hiden agendas behind. I don't see anything that Montlanthe has in mind. Malema also pushes for Motlanthe's support just because he wants to make a come back to the party.

  • Dumisani Mkhabela - 2012-12-18 06:53

    Midnite voting. Amazing....... Who was sober by then cozy they all drunkards.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-18 07:08

      haha - my sentiments too.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-18 07:29

      And who was actually awake?....

  • Ntate Lefalatsa - 2012-12-18 06:58

    well im just hoping for free and fair elections thats all, it doesnt matter who wins but for precidency i want Motlanthe

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-18 07:08

      Sadly I do not think it is going to pan out that way.

  • jeanot.boutry - 2012-12-18 07:17

    At the end of this conference it is clear now that only the backward thinking corrupt fools will be left in the ANC! Phansi ANC Phansi! Viva DA 2014 Viva!

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-18 07:28

    Travis.vermaak this country has a lot of intellectuals inside nd outside the ANC movement....

      Erna - 2012-12-18 08:33

      Unfortunately zuma is not one of them.

  • MissusMads - 2012-12-18 07:34

    Yoh @sabelo....who stuck a knopkierie up your bum. All this anger....What has Zuma done for you (and the cute face in your pic) lately? Learn to respect the opinion of others and they might return the favour, ne.

  • euny.baloyi - 2012-12-18 07:45

    I have no vote to waste if ANC re-elect zooma.Me and my family we go for DA.Zooma and KZN for corruption in the ANC.

  • Nqo Mndaweni - 2012-12-18 07:47

    leave Zuma alone if u dnt like him then dnt vote 4 ANC in 2014 but we who support him we will keep voting ANC

      Erna - 2012-12-18 08:29

      Its not a case of 'liking him or not'. Its a case of - 1. Is he a good leader and the right man for the job? 2. Can he be trusted? 3. Does he set a good example for the people of SA in his personal life? 4. Are we 100% sure that he is not guilty of fraud and corruption? 5. Is he a president that we can respect without question? If you cannot say an unequivical YES to all of of the above, he is not the right man for SA, regardless if you like him or not!

  • andy.mku.9 - 2012-12-18 07:51

    i have no doubt in mind that motlanthe will win if he doesnt then we must start the SANC.motlanthe, malema,sexwale,phosa,mashatile,mbalula,manuel i believe they can start a powerful party

  • Alexis Ngoasheng - 2012-12-18 07:54

    if zuma win it will be the bgng of the end of ANC.somebody with a good heart please kill this labour brouker {AGENCY} we r like slaves

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-12-18 07:58

      so then its good if Zuma wins. One step closer to democracy

  • eddy.deepfield - 2012-12-18 07:58

    Oh no not another four years of Zuma. People would have wished that the impending apocalypse prophesied by the Mayas is true because that would have been preferable to Zumas corrupt and incompetent regime. If there was a God Zuma would be out. But as there is no God there is NO one to help SA.

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2012-12-18 07:58

    I assume the Witchdoctor will be "throwing the bones" to tell them who to vote for...?

  • Ignorance police - 2012-12-18 08:05

    200 booths for 4000 delegates? Really? 20 people per booth. I wonder how long it took them... All night?

  • Henry8.Deklerk - 2012-12-18 08:42

    Very interesting report or survey we all know that Zuma has had a difficult/hard time all together not surprise that everyone is feeling that he was not doing a good job. On another note why does the ANC not wake up and make Trevor Manual president. The man’s 21 years of experience and leadership should speak for itself wake up South Africa the writing is on the wall.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-12-18 09:04

    I dont get all the thumbs down??? Dont the trolls know that EVERYTHING depends on finance? The slightest blip in the political pic., and we can crash. Massive unemployment, prices will rise.....eish...

  • imtiaz.loonat - 2012-12-18 09:11

    Most of the people who comment on here are not ANC supporters any way,so let the ANC delegates decide what is best for them.Whoever leads is still subjected to ANC policy and I am happy with that.In the dark days of apartheid majority of these white people never worried about human rights,now they are suddenly champions of human rights.The DA is a party for preserving white minority privilidges that they still enjoy today under the ANC government but are afraid these privilidges will surely be given to Blacks as well in time.EG. Economic transformation,Land redistribution.Blacks in the DA wake up,you are being used. Imtiaz

      Erna - 2012-12-18 09:44

      1. What happens at this conference affects ALL people in SA, not just anc supporters. 2. By your comment you show that you don't know white people at all when you compare the current white population and the DA to the apartheid government. And by the way, your great anc are not such champions of human rights, and its their own people they are treating badly!

  • tamrin.ferri - 2012-12-18 09:22

    I dont get it! Everyone who votes ANC gets nothing from them in the end. Has anything changed in our counrty?? NO!! so why vote for the same party and still receive nothing from them. wake up really wake up!!!!!! If you vote ANC then dont complain and go striking for higher salaries.

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