NINE OF 13 POLITICAL PARTIES IN SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT COMMENT ON SECRET BALLOT

CAPE TOWN, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has thanked the nine out 13 political parties represented in the South African Parliament for their submissions on whether the vote in the Aug 8 motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma should be by secret ballot.

However, a wide range of factors will have to be considered in making her decision, Mabete said Sunday.

Parties were given until Friday, July 14, to make their submissions to Mbete stating their views on the matter, as part of a wide range of factors she would consider when determining whether voting on the motion would be conducted by way of a secret ballot, says Parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo.

At the lapse of the deadline, nine of the 13 parties represented in the National Assembly had forwarded their views to the Speaker’s office.

The are the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA), which is the biggest opposition party in Parliament, the Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party, National Freedom Party, United Democratic Movement, Freedom Front Plus, African Christian Democratic Party, and the Congress of the People.

Both the ANC and the DA had indicated they would abide by the Speaker’s decision, while the rest of the nine preferred a secret ballot.

The Speaker has expressed her appreciation to the parties for their submissions, which,considered together with a host of other factors, will assist her towards making her decision on the appropriate voting procedure, said Mothapo.

Mbete would make her decision before the scheduled debate on the motion of no confidence in the President on Aug 8, said Mothapo.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK