DA to hold its elective congress at the end of October through virtual platform
The Democratic Alliance Elective Congress will be held using a virtual platform on 31 October despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the party’s Federal Executive resolved at a special meeting on Saturday.
In a statement on Sunday, DA Federal Council chairperson Helen Zille said this was in line with the mandate of the party’s Federal Council to hold an Elective Congress this year.
To achieve this, Fedex resolved that Zille and the chief operations officer, Liana van Wyk, would prepare a detailed proposal on plans for holding an elective congress via an accessible, secure, digital platform, with systems in place to ensure that every delegate would be able to participate fully and fairly.
“This proposal will be submitted for scrutiny and ratification at the party’s online Federal Council meeting in July,” said Zille.
“By the time we hold the elective congress, almost every major party function will be operating online, and the process of adaptation continues.”
She said their federal executive, provincial and regional executives, constituencies, the parliamentary caucus, the provincial caucuses and many of their council caucuses had moved their work to online and videoconferencing software to ensure that the business of their internal democracy continued, and that the DA represented “the needs and aspirations of voters during this difficult time”.