No confidence vote: UDM seeks secret ballot

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FILE image. Bantu Holomisa, leader of the United Democratic Movement, attends a pledge signing ceremony in Midrand on Wednesday, 11 March 2009.

JOHANNESBURG - UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has filed papers in the Constitutional Court, seeking to ensure a secret ballot during Parliament’s vote of no confidence.

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete had previously turned down the UDM's request.

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She says there's no provision for a secret ballot in Parliament's rules or the Constitution.

Holomisa, however, disagrees.