Candidates for DA Federal Congress
Mmusi Maimane, DA National Spokesperson
17 October 2012
The Democratic Alliance will hold its fifth Federal Congress on the 24th and 25th of November 2012, at the OR Tambo Conference Centre, Birchwood Hotel, Ekurhuleni.
The Federal Congress is the highest decision-making body in the party, and is made up of delegates who are ordinary members and public representatives from DA branches across the country. Congress is the only party structure that can elect the Federal Leadership of the party and make amendments to the party’s Federal Constitution.
Federal Congress and Federal Council are tasked with filling seven Federal Leadership positions. Under the current Federal Constitution, those positions elected by full Congress are: Leader, Federal Chairperson, and three Deputy Federal Chairpersons. The Federal Council, which will meet on 25 November, elects the Chairperson of Federal Council, the Deputy Chairperson of Federal Council, the Chairperson of the Federal Legal Commission, and the Chairperson of the Federal Finance Committee.
Each of the elections will be conducted by secret ballot, and voting for the positions of Deputy Federal Chairperson will be done using the single transferable voting system. A total of 18 nominations have been received for the seven positions available. Any member of the party is allowed to nominate any other member, and nominations are in a member’s individual capacity and not on behalf of any branch or structure of the party.
The following members have been nominated for the positions described above:
• Zille, Helen (incumbent)
• James, Wilmot (incumbent)
• Mnqasela, Masizole
Deputy Federal Chairperson (three positions)
• Dreyer, Anchen (incumbent)
• Gana, Makashule
• Kalyan, Sandy
• Kohler Barnard, Dianne (incumbent)
• Lotriet, Annelie
• Madikizela, Bonginkosi
• Maimane, Mmusi
• McGluwa, Joe
• Mokgalapa, Stevens
Chairperson of Federal Council
• Selfe, James (incumbent)
Deputy Chairperson of Federal Council
• Steenhuisen, John
• Walters, Thomas
Chairperson of the Federal Legal Commission
• Schmidt, Hendrik (incumbent)
Chairperson of the Federal Finance Committee
• George, Dion (incumbent)
• Lees, Alf