Pressure is growing on African National Congress (ANC) branches to meet the deadline on Wednesday to submit their nominations for the party’s elective conference in December.

The ANC leadership has made it clear that neither the deadline of November 15 nor the conference dates of 16-to-20 December will be postponed.

Disagreements over who should be elected to the national leadership, have led to fears that the coming conference could see a divisive leadership contest that will damage the party.

The provincial ANC chairpersons have held a meeting at the special NEC meeting outside Pretoria to seek common ground.

There are six known contenders for the post of party president, the highest number in the ANC’s 105-year history.

Meanwhile, a  number of court actions disputing the election of provincial executives in various provinces is casting doubt on whether the conference can go ahead.

Party Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has assured the media on the side-lines that the conference will take place in December.