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'Candidates with criminal records, questionable character won't represent ANC in 2019 Elections'

Dec 14, 2018
'Candidates with criminal records, questionable character won't represent ANC in 2019 Elections'

In an effort to win back some of the support it has lost to opposition parties, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape says it will not be fielding candidates with criminal records and questionable character in the 2019 General Elections following held a Special Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting on Wednesday.

The considered a report from the Provincial List Committee on the outcomes of the Provincial List Conference that was held last weekend.

"The PEC welcomed the outcomes of the Provincial List Conference, and in appreciation of the good work also noticed that the outcomes affirms the democratic character of the ANC. The ANC has achieved ANC policy on gender parity, youth , geographical spread , national question , representation and continuity and the very character of the ANC of a Broad Church," described ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, Lulama Ngcukayitobi.

"In line with its democratic process of nominating its cadres as Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Provincial Legislatures (MPLs), the African National Congress (ANC) is pleased to report that our Provincial List Conference held on Sunday 9 December 2018 - was a smooth sailing process, confirming the stability of the ANC EC Province.

"The ANC's Provincial List Committee (PLC) further consolidated the outcomes of the List Process for both the Province to Province List and the Province to National list and prepared a submission and endorsement by the NEC as the last lap of the ANC List Processes."

'Candidates with criminal records will not stand for the ANC'

Ngcukayitobi said that the party is committed to the process of building a government on the principles of transparency, fairness and consultation.

"The ANC has placed much emphasis on selecting candidates for Parliament and provincial legislatures that have a track record of involvement in communities, who are familiar with consultative processes, and who are able to forge partnerships in implementation," he added.

"We are also pleased by the character of the provincial list conference and have noted high levels of participation by branches through delegates. These were preceded by Branch General Meetings (BGMs) where nomination of candidates started.ANC branches selected candidates on the basis of their own experiences and merit.

"Expectedly the processes that would follow will be a rigorous Screening of candidates to ensure that all candidates that would represent the ANC are above reproach and meet all the necessary requirements of good standing in the society.

"No candidate of the ANC would be allowed to form part of the list if they have a criminal record and are generally of questionable character. The ANC has demonstrated that it is serious about the renewal of values and its standing."

Ngcukayitobi said that the ANC is very satisfied with all the processes to be followed and given that the completion of the processes will be in the ANC Extended NEC meeting to consolidate and finalize the Province to Province, Province to National and National to National list on the 4th January 2019.

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