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ANC NEC decision to beef up the Western Cape Provincial Executive Committee

17 December 2008

The African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) two-day meeting, which began at Essellen Park, Ekurhuleni, today (17 December 2008) discussed a wide range of issues and challenges facing the organisation in the run-up to the 2009 elections.

Noting the outcome of the countrywide 42 by-elections which took place on 10 December 2008, 27 of which were held in the Western Cape, the NEC observed the low voter turnout in the Western Cape by-elections due to the ANC`s inability to register its candidates. The NEC has decided to withdraw its application in the Constitutional Court against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on the Western Cape by-elections process and - instead - will redouble its efforts to win the elections in 2009. The organisation has taken full responsibility for the failure of its candidates to register and regrets the outcome.

Despite our non-participation in the Western Cape by-elections, we are humbled by the confidence and decision of the people of the Western Cape to commit themselves to vote in large numbers for the ANC in the upcoming 2009 elections.

Against this background, the ANC NEC has resolved to beef up its elections machinery in the Western Cape by deploying its cadres from national level to the province to ensure ANC victory in the polls.

We have done so to rebuild and consolidate our support base in the province. The team - soon to be announced - will take full political responsibility for the Western Cape. The ANC is committed to reinforce unity and cohesion in the province by restructuring the organisation`s provincial executive committee.

The NEC is focussing its discussions on the ANC Manifesto for the 2009 elections. It is confirming its messages to be launched on 10 January 2009 at East London`s Absa Stadium in the Eastern Cape.

The NEC gathering, the last for 2008, ends tomorrow (18 December 2008).

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte (National Spokesperson)
African National Congress

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