Final push: ANC targets 11 million voters

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Its deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, has instructed candidates to meet 100 voters a day over the next seven days. Photo: Thabiso Goba
Its deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, has instructed candidates to meet 100 voters a day over the next seven days. Photo: Thabiso Goba
Thabiso Goba

ELECTIONS


As the final week before the election begins, political parties are stopping everything else they are doing to focus on the final push of persuading South Africans to vote for them.

Many of the political parties have instructed their members to have personal interactions with voters around the country.

Leading that call is the governing party, which issued a statement to its members and leadership to continue with widespread voter contact.

Its deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, has instructed candidates to meet 100 voters a day over the next seven days.

Every day counts, so we need to dedicate all our efforts to ensuring a decisive victory in all wards
Jessie Duarte

“To achieve our goal of reaching 11 million voters and ensuring high voter turnout, we need to continue with massive voter contact through door-to-door and sectoral meetings.

“Every day counts, so we need to dedicate all our efforts to ensuring a decisive victory in all wards,” wrote Duarte in a letter to branches.

The candidates’ canvassing schedule includes holding meetings with communities whose members comprise at least 90% of the attendees.

Leaders have been instructed to be more visible and focus on both weak and safe areas.

“Leaders and candidates must make calls and send messages to undecided and reluctant voters. Our main focus should be to visit every house in all communities, especially in our base wards. All candidates and leaders must meet as many people as possible,” urged Duarte.

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The ANC is planning to conclude its campaign by staging Siyanqoba rallies – the party’s final election rallies – in all the voting districts on Thursday.

On Friday, the party is planning a national Siyanqoba rally, which will be addressed by the president of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Official opposition party the DA started its final push with a national rally, themed Get Things Done, in Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown in Johannesburg yesterday.

Party leader John Steenhuisen called on voters to vote for his party and forget all the emotional appeals made by those who claimed their loyalty simply because they had played a role in the liberation struggle.

Forget about all the small parties that just don’t have the numbers to represent you properly and certainly don’t have the numbers to keep the ANC or EFF ou
John Steenhuisen

“Forget about all the small parties that just don’t have the numbers to represent you properly and certainly don’t have the numbers to keep the ANC or EFF out,” he said.

The DA will enter the final week of its election campaign with enormous momentum and will conclude it with mini-rallies and door-to-door campaigns in various municipalities around the country.

Steenhuisen said the DA would spend the final week encouraging voters to use their power and get things done where they lived by voting for them.

The EFF started its final push with its president, Julius Malema, visiting Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and Kraaifontein in the Western Cape.

Today, he is scheduled to meet with abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and attend several rallies in the Eastern Cape.

He will then move on to areas in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.

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EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu has been campaigning in the Eastern Cape, while secretary-general Marshall Dlamini has been in Gauteng.

The party will conclude its campaign with a national rally themed Tshela Thupa (Give a Hiding) on Friday in Katlehong, Gauteng.

IFP spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said the party had deployed its leadership across the country for one last push and was leaving nothing to chance.

“Our final run started on Thursday, with the leadership holding rallies around the country. The rallies will continue in uMhlathuze, Mtubatuba and Msinga, where president Velenkosini Hlabisa, president emeritus Mangosuthu Buthelezi and deputy president Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi will address the nation,” he said

He added that the final rally would take place in Ulundi on Thursday.


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