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Plan to ban phones during Mangaung voting

2012-12-13 16:35

Mangaung - The ANC's electoral commission says it will table a proposal to ban the use of cellphones at the polling booths in Mangaung.

If the conference adopts the proposed rule, it means the ballot will be completely secret and lobbyists would not know how individual delegates have voted.

There had been complaints in some provinces in the past that political leaders monitored how delegates voted by asking them to take pictures of their used ballots after voting.

There were reports that something similar happened at the hotly contested ANC conference in Polokwane five years ago.

Electoral commissioner Tshilidzi Ratshitanga has also refused to name ANC leaders who accepted nomination to contest leadership in Polokwane, despite Mathews Phosa publicly confirming that he would contest the position of deputy president.

The commission said this was partly to allow an independent agency to verify whether the nominees met the qualifying requirement of being a member in good standing for at least five years.

Ratshitanga said they also wanted to allow branches to continue engagement about leadership, which was likely to continue until the start of the conference.

"Until we have finished that process we can’t publicise names. It does a disservice to branches who are still engaging one another,” he said.

Deputy President Motlanthe has now publicly confirmed he will be contesting President Jacob Zuma for party presidency.

Commission spokesperson Frene Ginwala said voting for the top six positions and the 80-member national executive committee will be done through a secret ballot.

Ginwala said candidates would need 25% of votes from the conference floor to qualify to be added onto the ballot.

Comments
  • christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-13 16:50

    How in a democratic society (?) can delegates be asked to show who they voted for!!! That is SUCH an act of intimidation!!!!!

  • marc.ross.965 - 2012-12-13 16:53

    Can you throw a chair and use a cell phone at the same time. Mmm lets wait and see.

  • FarmerJoe - 2012-12-13 16:58

    "Commission spokesperson Frene Ginwala said voting for the top six positions and the 80-member national executive committee will be done through a secret ballot." But no secret votes in parliment on showerheads continued role as captain of the titanic

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-12-13 17:02

    Intimidation at its best.

  • 75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-13 17:10

    i think thats good, last time in polokwane people were promised positions and money by the group that didn't make it.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-12-13 17:13

    but that will never end corruption mos ban corruption not fones

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-13 17:17

    next thing to be banned - thinking.

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-12-13 17:19

    Are thy havin it in North Korea hope the lights go out.

  • Mandiana - 2012-12-13 17:25

    It shouldn't be secret. These delegates are not making their own choices when they are voting. They are voting for who the branches sent them to vote for. So they (branch memmbers who are not going to vote in Mangaung) have a right to know.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-12-13 17:32

    AMAZING HOW THEY DO NOT TRUST EACH OTHER !!

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-13 17:40

    Cheating seems commonplace amongst this ANC group!!

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-12-13 17:52

    Whatever and however......just hope we have anyone ,but jz !!!

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2012-12-13 20:01

    What? Restricting South African's much vaunted CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS? What a farce from beginning to end. So much for your so-called democracy!!! A MOBOCRACY if ever I saw one. Cry Your beloved country.

  • duncan.phopi - 2012-12-13 21:09

    the propose to ban phone, let at be approved to eliminate intimidation.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-13 21:27

    "If the conference adopts the proposed rule, it means the ballot will be completely secret and lobbyists would not know how individual delegates have voted." Did they ever think that they could just tell them who to vote for VERBALLY?? what idiots.

  • deon.vantonder.77 - 2012-12-14 07:43

    And it is this ANC government that claims that all elections are free and fair, but in the same token, forching people to take pictures of their vote to prove who they have voted for. This is excactly what is happening in parliament when bills are passed.People are force to vote wha the ruling elit3e wants and not what is morrally right

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-12-14 08:40

    The members must be "a member in good standing" - The literal interpretation of this is "how good you were in giving me kickback from all the tenders I gave you" :)

  • sisie.indola - 2012-12-14 11:25

    Wow can you just see them trying to control 4500 delegates NOT to use their phones. Will they be walking up and down the line with a cane to rap them over the knuckles.

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