ANC elective race: both camps claim the upper hand
Following the adoption of credentials on Sunday, supporters of both Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma claimed the numerical advantage.
The elective race at the ANC national conference under way is set to come down to the wire between the two and has been characterised by litigation and running battles between the camps.
Both groups held caucuses with their delegates circulating pictures with hundreds of members singing praises to their candidates.
It was remnant of scenes from the ANC’s Polokwane conference when Mluleki George of former president Thabo Mbeki’s camp declared victory before being left with egg on his face. They were roundly defeated by Zuma.
But which side will be humiliated this time around?
According to the credentials, there are 4,776 voting delegates. The winning camp needs 2,389 to win.
Ramaphosa’s backers claim that, following the credentials process, there are about 2,521 delegates who are set to vote for him.
The Dlamini-Zuma camp claims that about 2,578 delegates will vote for her.
Both are likely to be overestimating their support, the question is who was more accurate in tallying the numbers.
Predictions are that the difference between the two in the end would boil down to about 200 votes.
Videos of the various factions caucuses circulated widely, while both showed large numbers, it was difficult to read just which camp was more dominant.
The nomination process was set to get underway late on Sunday, after a lengthy debates about constitutional amendments and conference rules.
Inside the plenary hall, during the rules debate factions fought hard for their positions — with a lengthy fight over whether delegates could bring along lists of names into the voting booths when they voted for the 80-member national executive committee after the presidential election.
Voting was set to take place from Sunday evening onward, with the final results out on Monday.
Ultimately, these final results will be the only surefire way to know the outcome.