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15 December 2017

Vote theoretically on Sunday at 20:30

There is still a lot of last-minute news to absorb. Most importantly, the court has not yet ruled on the Free State issue. The Business Day newspaper, meanwhile, reports that the ANC NEC has scuppered the plan to have separate votes on the party’s president and deputy president positions (see the News to use section). Our understanding is that the decision will only formally be taken at the conference tomorrow; but if the NEC gets its way then the scope for a “unity” outcome is significantly reduced — the slate system will rule, leading to a winner-takes-all outcome. The Business Day also speculates that the uncertainty over the voting process could delay the vote beyond Sunday...

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