ANC vets its party elec­tion list

Two-hun­dred can­di­dates to be cho­sen out of 800 look­ing for Na­tional As­sem­bly spot

The Sunday Independent - - NATION - SAMKELO MT­SHALI­[email protected]

ANC big­wigs de­scended on Durban this week­end for the party’s Na­tional List Con­fer­ence, which will de­ter­mine who makes it on to the list of 200 can­di­dates nom­i­nated to rep­re­sent the party in the Na­tional As­sem­bly after next year’s gen­eral elec­tions.

The party held the con­fer­ence in uMh­langa, north of Durban, on Fri­day and wrapped it up yes­ter­day be­fore pro­ceed­ing with an ex­tended na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) meet­ing.

To kick-start a week of ANC ac­tiv­i­ties in Durban, the party will on Tues­day cel­e­brate its 107th birth­day since its in­cep­tion in 1912 at the Oh­lange In­sti­tute in Inanda, which was founded by the ANC’s first pres­i­dent, Lan­gal­ibalele Dube.

This will be fol­lowed by its elec­tion man­i­festo launch at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium, on Satur­day. The ANC says it ex­pects up to 140 000 sup­port­ers to de­scend on the sta­dium and its outer fields.

ANC deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Jessie Duarte said that in com­pil­ing the list they were look­ing for de­mo­graphic rep­re­sen­ta­tion and gen­der par­ity.

“We are also go­ing to be mak­ing sure that the ANC’s na­tional demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion­ary gains are rep­re­sented in the peo­ple who are go­ing to be on this list.

“A truly non-racial list will also have to be the out­come of the dis­cus­sion,” Duarte said.

She said that although they would end the list at 200, there had al­ready been 800 names put for­ward.

“The peo­ple with the high­est num­ber of votes tal­lied across the coun­try, who make it into the top 25%, those names re­main un­touched.

“Be­low that we be­gin to dis­cuss what the needs of the ANC are in the var­i­ous par­lia­ments.

“We look at skills and ex­pe­ri­ence and we hope that we will be able to re­tain at least 50% to 60% of peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing been in Par­lia­ment or leg­is­la­tures be­fore,” Duarte said.

She said all of those nom­i­nated started at branch level and that there was not a sin­gle name that did not start at the bot­tom of the party’s demo­cratic pro­cesses.

Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon the ANC’s act­ing na­tional spokesper­son, Dakota Le­goete, said that the list was still be­ing vet­ted.

“The list will be re­leased once it has been cleared by the NEC and once it has been vet­ted, but it will be in due course.

“It is still un­der­go­ing scru­tiny to look at the is­sues of in­te­grat­ing moral­ity and cred­i­bil­ity and to en­sure that we com­ply with the Elec­toral Act, so that none of us on the list are in con­flict with the law,” said Le­goete.

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