ANC bigwigs in tense poll discussions

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African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu is during a news conference in Johannesburg on Monday, 25 June 2012 ahead of the party's policy conference this week. About 3500 delegates were expected to attend the conference in Midrand. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA
ON THE LINE: ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu *picture courtesy of eNCA

ANC leaders holding meetings behind closed doors as IEC tallies results in Tshwane

Pretoria – Top African National Congress leaders were holding tense meetings behind closed doors at the IEC results centre in Tshwane as the ruling party was still polling at less than 50% in five of the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities.

ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize and senior party members Jeff Radebe, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Andries Nel were locked in serious discussions in an IEC boardroom as the party considered challenging the result in Nelson Mandela Bay.

This after Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane declared earlier in the day that his party would poll between 46% and 47% in the municipality, making it the largest party in Port Elizabeth.

Although the ANC was far ahead in the national vote with 54% of the support, the party had not yet broken through the 50% mark in Johanneburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.

In Cape Town, with 83% of votes counted, the ANC was lagging behind with 22.4% of the vote, opening the door for DA-led coalition governments in these metros.

Source:news 24