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Jacob Zuma confident of poll win

Jacob Zuma brushed off concerns about his integrity, denying any cloud of corruption over him, as his ANC party heads toward election victory that will make him South Africa’s next president.

world Updated: Apr 21, 2009 21:31 IST

Jacob Zuma brushed off concerns about his integrity on Tuesday, denying any cloud of corruption over him, as his ANC party heads toward election victory that will make him South Africa’s next president.

Polls predict the ANC will take at least 60 per cent of the vote in tomorrow’s general elections, making Zuma a shoo-in for president when parliament meets in early May to elect a new head of state.

Zuma said he was confident of a “huge and decisive mandate” for his African National Congress (ANC) and again moved to dispel doubts about his integrity after graft charges were dropped against him two weeks ago.

“There’s absolutely no cloud. I’ve never seen a cloud around me,” Zuma told reporters, after including a battle against corruption in his campaign.

“We reiterate that we will use our majority responsibly, and will not ride roughshod over the rights of the people, or bulldoze other parties into submission,” he added.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) expects a record number of voters to turn out for the elections, with more than 20 million people expected to cast ballots, said spokeswoman Kate Bapela.

“All of our 19,726 stations will be open at 7:00 am on Wednesday,” she told AFP. “At this stage we do not foresee any disruptions or hiccups.”