Julius Malema targets 9 million votes for EFF at 2019 general election

Julius Malema targets 9 million votes for EFF at 2019 general election

- EFF leader Julius Malema wants 9 million or more votes in the 2019 general election

- The EFF leader has instructed provincial leader to ensure the party receives at least one million votes in each of the nine provinces

- Malema reportedly instructed each EFF councillor, MPLs and MPs to recruit at least 5 000 new members in order to secure their position in the party

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its firebrand leader have big plans for the party which includes securing at least nine million votes in the 2019 general election. Malema made it clear that he expected the party to receive at least one million votes in each of the nine provinces next year.

Malema has reportedly told all of the EFF’s public officials they need to deliver at least half of that number in order to secure their future within the party. Malema has instructed all EFF councillors, MPLs and MPs to recruit at least 5 000 new members to the party.

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These new members will be expected to sign a pledge in which they will promise to vote for the EFF. The party will verify the information of all new members, including whether they are registered to vote at its headquarters.

Briefly.co.za gathered that EFF sources were reluctant to reveal any details about the party’s election strategy because it was being touted as a strategy which would catch the ANC and DA completely by surprise.

Malema’s instructions to his provincial, regional and local leaders have largely had a positive effect on those members who have been fired up and motivated by the challenge.

Provincial leaders have boasted that they are a few hundred names from completing the challenge while others have challenged their fellow members to sign up a certain number of people each day until voting day.

The 2019 general election will mark the first national election for which the EFF has prepared sufficiently, it was only established eight months before the 2014 general election.

The EFF is expected to campaign heavily in the provinces which gave it the majority of its support in 2014 and will reportedly sink 60% of its total election battle into Gauteng which is believed to be the most competitive province in the country.

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The EFF will embark target high-volume swing districts in Gauteng with a clear message delivered through robust campaigning. The party wants to at least double its representation in the Gauteng provincial legislature.

The party will also campaign heavily in Limpopo which is regarded as the party’s home province and North West province which both offered massive EFF support in 2016.

The EFF is reportedly feeling bullish about its chances of high-growth levels in the Eastern Cape, a traditional ANC stronghold, with recent polls suggesting it could be the biggest grower for the party next year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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