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ANC Eastern Cape elective conference suffers delay

By Yolanda Palezweni - Sep 30, 2017
ANC Eastern Cape elective conference suffers delay

Proceedings at the Eastern Cape African National Congress' (ANC) 8th elective conference on Saturday were delayed to allow for a process to validate the credibility voting delegates inside the conference room at the East London ICC.

This was after a number of guests and delegates, without voting credentials, got into the venue.

According to Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member, Andile Lungisa, it is the PEC's responsibility to make sure that the delegates do not "invite friends and girlfriends into the conference of the ANC and make them vote as delegates".

He said that tags were distributed in the venue, but there was no tight security.

“In this conference, we were supposed to have 560 delegates from the branch and make a total of almost 1 660 legible delegates to participate in the conference, but yesterday, we had more than 4 000 delegates inside the conference hall,” Lungisa described.

“This is what we are dealing with today, the manipulation of the delegates list and the use of using fraudulent processes.”

He further added that, the office of the Secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, must account as it is responsible for the registration processes.

ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, said that on Saturday morning, the steering committee of the conference together with national deployees, who have visited the province, sat and a determination has been made that all delegates are going to be processed.

He said that delegates will be called and verified to see if their names are appearing in the data list.

Chaos erupted on Friday night when a number of  ineligible delegates apparently went inside the conference room in the East London ICC.

However, National Executive Committee (NEC) member, Lindiwe Zulu, said that they are pleased with the progress made at the conference.

She said that even though the process is taking more time, but as long as it is credible, it does not matter how long it takes.

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