Speaker will only see 'yes, no, maybe' tally in secret ballot voting procedure

The names of MPs will not be attached to the tally of votes in Tuesday's no confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma.

This is according to Constitutional Law expert Phephelapi Dube, who explained the voting procedure that will unfold.

Dube says that MPs will still have to select the an option between 'yes', 'no', or 'maybe' on their electronic voting machines.

Read: Mbete approves secret ballot

In an open vote, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is given a printed list of MPs names with the vote that they cast.

However, Tuesday's secret ballot vote means that the Speaker will only see a tally of the number of votes.

There's no link to the manner in which the specific individual voted. All she [Baleka Mbete] has is a record of yes, no, maybe.

Phephelapi Dube, Constitutional Law expert & Director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights

The Speaker isn't able to put a name to a vote

Phephelapi Dube, Constitutional Law expert & Director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights

Also read: Law expert answers big 'what-ifs' ahead of Zuma no confidence debate

Dube says Mbete took the wind out of everyone's sail with her shock decision to approve a secret vote.

The fact that it took her 42 days to make her decision created the impression that she was planning on blocking the request, she argues.

Why would it take her so long, if she was going to agree to a secret ballot in the end? She took us by surprise.

Phephelapi Dube, Constitutional Law expert & Director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights

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