Outgoing African National Congress (ANC) deputy secretary-general Jesse Duarte, has rejected reports that the numbers of delegates who are to vote in Sunday’s national elective conference have been inflated.

This follows allegations that the delay in adopting the conference credentials, was due to Duarte fiddling with lists of delegates from some provinces.

There were hours of wrangling Saturday on which branch and provincial delegates may vote for the next party leadership.

The number of delegates at the conference stands at 4776.

To win the elections, candidates need 2389 votes.

Duarte was speaking at an impromptu media briefing at Nasrec, Johannesburg.

“Credentials is not just about nodding your head, it is about actually checking very thoroughly who he credentials are and what they are about, that is what we were doing. There was no inflation whatsoever of the numbers. I have to say that. I have been reading all of this and I have been wondering where this is coming from. Instead of having that component of voting delegates which would have been over 5000, we now stand at approximately 4700. So it’s lower than the number that should have been there to vote.

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