#NoConfidence Vote: Facts To Know About The Voting Rules And Processes


The South African environment is already tensed as all roads lead to Eldorado Park for the no confidence vote Public viewing.

With the National speaker Baleka Mbete announcing her approval of a secret voting at the Parliament, opposition party are hopeful that the vote would be in their favour.

Protests have already begun in Johannesburg this morning ahead of the no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. As it is, the protest will affect Cape Town roads and bus routes.

The police also has shown readiness for the event as police vans are seen stationed in various strategic places. Some of the roads that would be affected includesTurffontein which include Soweto Highway, Immink Drive, Chris Hanni Drive and Booysens road, among many others.


While the opposition prepares hard to take a hit against the ANC led President, all eyes will be on the ANC MP who are the main determinants of the D-day.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, however, seems to remain positive that the result of the vote would be in Zuma’s favours when he said: “This morning we will weather the storm, all our enemies will seek a temp reprieve even after the storm we shall shout amandlaaaaaaaa!”

No Confidence Vote: Rules And Voting Processes

The voting process in the parliament is similar to the ones done during general elections. The Processes include:

  • Members will be called in alphabetic order to collect ballot papers from the voting table
  • The Speaker will direct that the empty boxes be shown to Members and, thereafter, sealed with cable ties
  • Ballot paper would be issued to MPs. Each ballot will be stamped. MPs names issued with ballot papers will be crossed out on control sheet.
  • Ballot paper is invalid if: not stamped; unmarked; MP has signed his/her name, or made more than 1 voting mark
  • After votes are cast, slits on the lid of ballot box will be opened (for insertion of ballot papers). It will also be sealed after ballots are cast
  • A counting room will be set aside and monitored by the Serjeant-at-arms and Parliamentary Protection Services
  • Speaker would ask each party to designate 1 Whip or rep to witness counting.
  • Votes sorted, counted & audited. Secretary to the NA will sign-off the result before handing it to Speaker
  • Counting of ballot papers takes place under supervision of the Speaker and in presence of Whips or party reps
  • All ballot boxes will be opened in the presence of the Speaker, Whips or party representatives.
  • Votes sorted, counted & audited. Secretary to the NA will sign-off the result before handing it to Speaker
  • No one to reveal results before Speaker announce them in Assembly. No electronic device use in counting room
  • Bells will be rung for the resumption of the business. Once business resumes, Speaker will announce results in Chamber

While South Africans eagerly await the voting result, analysts believe that relying on one event to change a country usually ends in tears – particularly when you pin so much on it that you endanger your future.

The ANC has vowed to remain united no matter the outcome of the vote.

“We will be working furiously,” said an ANC MP on Monday night after National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete sent a seismic shift through the political terrain when she decided that MPs would be allowed to vote by secret ballot in Tuesday’s no confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma.

Read Also: Read ANC Veterans’ Open Letter To MPs Ahead Of Secret Ballot

The governing African National Congress has a comfortable parliamentary majority and seven previous no confidence votes have failed: but this one has taken on almost mystical significance among opposition parties and citizens’ groups that oppose Zuma and commentators.