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20/12/2017 06:03 SAST | Updated 20/12/2017 06:03 SAST

ANC Conference Wrapping Up Slowly But Surely

With much of the conference's programme being delayed by disputes about the credentials and voting procedures, not much time has been spent on policy discussions.

ANC members celebrate after Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the ANC during the 54th National Conference of the ruling ANC at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 18, 2017.
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ANC members celebrate after Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the ANC during the 54th National Conference of the ruling ANC at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 18, 2017.

Johannesburg - The ANC's 54th national conference is drawing to a close on Wednesday, but late on Tuesday night, the matter of the more than 60 quarantined votes was still being dealt with by the steering committee.

Voting for the national executive committee (NEC) - the party's highest decision-making body - was expected to last well into the night, after the initial process had to be halted and ballot papers had to be reprinted.

With much of the conference's programme being delayed by disputes about the credentials and voting procedures, not much time has been spent on policy discussions.

The conference did, however, break into its commissions for policy discussions on Tuesday afternoon.

Each commission will also brief the media on their resolutions on Wednesday.

The dispute over the ballots was expected to be presented at the plenary for delegates to discuss.

A heated debate is also expected after the North West chairperson Supra Mahumapelo told News24 Polotiki that they would demand fresh elections for all top six positions or a recount of the votes for all decisions.

On Wednesday's agenda is Cyril Ramaphosa's first address as ANC president, which is expected to close the conference, and which should shed some light on the direction in which he wants to take the party.

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