Cop­ing with an early poll

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

WHAT HAP­PENED

THE RUL­ING ANC was re­ported to have set­tled for 25 March 2009 as the date for SA’s next elec­tion. An­a­lysts polled said an early elec­tion strat­egy was an at­tempt by the party to catch its op­po­nents – notably, the re­cently launched Congress of the Peo­ple (Cope) – off guard. BUSI­NESS DAY cau­tioned against the date, ar­gu­ing the move could work against the ANC, as it was it­self un­pre­pared. It quoted an­a­lyst Steven Fried­man as say­ing the ANC could be in a state of panic fol­low­ing the for­ma­tion of the Cope party. The Ci­ti­zen re­ported the DA, UDM and the ID were all ready to par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tion on the pro­posed date.

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WHAT OTH­ERS SAID

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