EC urged to ‘keep a close eye’ on election

PREFERRED CANDIDATE: Supporters of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma want close scrutiny of the ANC’s elections. Picture: Supplied

With only four days before the ANC’s 54th national elective conference, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma supporters in KwaZulu-Natal have urged the party’s electoral commission (EC) to “keep a close eye” on voting processes.

This follows Dlamini Zuma’s win at the nominations last week.

In the first count Dlamini Zuma scored 433 nominations over Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 193 nominations. After a complaint from the branches accusing the counting process of being flawed, a recount was conducted and Dlamini Zuma got 454 nominations over 191 nominations for Ramaphosa.

Scelo Dube, a branch delegate from eThekwini in KwaZulu Natal said: “What happened at the nominations was a clear sign that money is doing the rounds. How can Nkosazana’s nominations increase after the recount? It means she had been cheated of nominations that were rightfully hers, this points to corruption and vote rigging.”

Dube also called on all delegates to report any dubious looking action at the conference to the EC.

“We cannot allow democracy to be violated, we must elect freely and fairly,” Dube said. Political analysts have predicted that the elective race will go the wire, with Ramaphosa and Dlamini Zuma going neck to neck the

race. The threat to the ANC is that if there is a thought that there was rigging at any point, the conference outcome will be legally challenged.

Last week ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told the media that the ANC was ready to deal with any court challenge.

“If people want to go to court they have the right to, but the conference will continue successfully,” Mantashe said.

At this stage Ramaphosa is leading the race with more nominations but branch nominations may not translate into delegates and votes.

Sifiso Mahlangu