Bloemfontein -The ruling of the Constitutional Court that the Free State provincial conference was null and void does not have a bearing on the branches voting in the Mangaung conference, the ANC said on Tuesday.

“The matter of the Free State only applies to the PEC [provincial executive committee] and not branches because those delegates were elected in properly constituted BGMs [branch general meetings],” said ANC spokesman Keith Khoza.

He said efforts by the disgruntled members of Free State to interdict the conference had also been rejected.

“We have been given the reasons behind the Constitutional Court judgement; we will be putting them on our website,” he said.

The result of the top six officials of the ANC would be announced at midday.

There would be another open session for nominations for the additional members of the national executive committee (NEC) late in the afternoon.

The NEC disbanded the Free State PEC and established a 20-member task team to run the party in the Free State until a new provincial elective conference could be organised in three months time.

Khoza said the some of the members of the Free State PEC were still in the conference but not allowed to vote. - Sapa