Secret Ballot or Not? The Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has confirmed that at the lapse of the deadline on Friday, 9 of the 13 parties represented in the National Assembly had duly forwarded their views to her Office stating their views regarding the appropriate voting procedure to be followed when the Motion of No Confidence in the President of the Republic is debated on 8 August 2017.
The majority party in parliament, African National Congress (ANC) are among the parties who made the submission to the Speaker’s Office.
List of other parties who made their submission includes:
- Democratic Alliance,
- Economic Freedom Fighters,
- Inkatha Freedom Party,
- National Freedom Party,
- United Democratic Movement,
- Freedom Front Plus,
- African Christian Democratic Party
- Congress of the People
Both the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance have indicated they will abide by the Speaker’s decision, while the rest of the 9 prefer a secret ballot.
Baleka Mbete to consider parties’s views when taking a decision on the appropriate voting procedure to be followed when the Motion of No Confidence in the President of the Republic, President Jacob Zuma is debated on 8 August 2017.
The comes after Constitutional Court’s ruling that the Speaker of the National Assembly has powers to decide on a secret ballot.