#ANC54 – Voting for the new African National Congress (ANC) top brass at the party’s elective conference has been concluded.
Shortly after casting their votes, some ANC senior officials took to social media to share who among the leading candidates they voted for.
ANC outgoing spokesperson and member of National Executive Committee (NEC) Zizi Kodwa, was the first to announce on his Twitter page on Monday that he voted for deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
He tweeted: “Am casting my vote for comrade Ramaphosa for ANC President, whatever happens, I trust he will restore confidence and inspire hope, it’s early hours but it’s worth waiting.”
Am casting my vote for comrade Ramaphosa for ANC President, whatever happens I trust he will restore confidence and inspire hope, it's early hours but it's worth waiting #ANC54
— Zizi Kodwa (@zizikodwa) December 18, 2017
Similarly, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula also shared on social media the candidate his vote went to. But unlike Zizi, Mbalula settled for former AU chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Announcing his choie to his 1 million followers, the minister wrote: “JUST voted for the mother princess NDZ #HistoryBeckons Dedication to all women #womenpower Malibongwe!!!,”
— RSA Minister of Police (@MbalulaFikile) December 18, 2017
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu, who has previously stated his support for Ramaphosa, also indicated that he maintained his support for Cyril Ramaphosa.
— Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) December 18, 2017
According to sources, however, outgoing ANC treasurer-general did not vote. Asked why, he reportedly said it was not up to him to determine who emerges as president.
We can confirm that David Mabuza and Lindiwe Sisulu have been nominated for deputy president while Gwede Mantashe and Nathi Mthethwa have been nominated for the position of national chairperson.
For the post of the secretary-general, Senzo Mchunu and Ace Magashule were nominated for it while Jesse Duarte and Zingiswa Losi nominated for deputy secretary general.
As voting for the top six has ended, the EleXion Agency has since begun counting in the presence of provincial party observers.
According to outgoing Deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, at a Sunday morning briefing said 35 branches from the North West were disqualified from voting at the conference.
The total number of voting delegates is said to have dropped from 5,757 to 4,776. The biggest loser is North West which had about 92 of its delegates barred from voting, followed by KwaZulu-Natal, then, Free State (lost 60 delegates) and lastly Mpumalanga (lost 28 delegates).