North West ANC chairperson Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: Karen Sandison/ANA

Johannesburg - North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has warned that if the proposal for a recount of votes for the position of the ANC secretary-general pushes ahead, his province will call for a re-vote of all six positions.

Mahumapelo's said this in the wake of reports that the ANC's steering committee had convened an urgent meeting over the "missing" of 68 votes. 

According to News24, 4776 voting delegates attended the conference but only 4708 voted, with a senior delegate saying that the EleXion Agency needed to explain what happened to the remaining votes. 

The Women's League also appeared to confirm the meeting of the steering committee, postponing a planned briefing at Nasrec to attend an "urgent steering committee meeting of the ANC". 

Addressing reporters, Mahumapelo said the issue of a recount should have been raised during the counting process. 

"All the leagues have representation in the electoral commission, so when the counting was done, they should have raised it then.

"But they have a right to raise it... it's now being raised with the steering committee. If it's not resolved there, it'll have to come to plenary. When it comes to plenary, that's where the challenge will come because the risk we are running with this allegation is that there might be a demand for a recount of all the officials."

Mahumapelo further said his province resolved to demand that, if the proposal pushes ahead, their voting must be done afresh. 

He added however, that if the proposal is withdrawn, they would leave the matter and move on.

Mahumapelo emphatically stated that they accepted the results, which saw Cyril Ramaphosa clinch the post of ANC president over Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and supported the new leadership. 

Mahumapelo's province, along with the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, all backed Dlamini Zuma. 

Monday's election saw Ace Magashule beat Senzo Mchunu for the position of SG at the party's 54th National Elective Conference. 

Magashule got 2360 votes, while Senzo Mchunu, running on Ramaphosa's slate, got 2336 votes. 

This was a difference of 24 votes.