Obscure AIC ‘fools’ voters

2014-05-09 00:00

DID voters send an obscure regional party to Parliament by mistake?

It appears to be the case. The African Independent Congress (AIC), based in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape and also on the ballot in the Western Cape, had 78 293 national votes by press time, enough to send an MP to Cape Town.

The party had more votes than the ACDP, Agang and the veteran PAC.

In 2009 the party was only on the Eastern Cape ballot, winning 17 300 votes and one seat in the provincial legislature.

Commentators said its meteoric rise may be partly ascribed to its similarity in name and party colours to the ANC, and its position on the ballot just above the ANC, which may have confused some voters. In its Eastern Cape base, it had only garnered 13 600 votes by last night.

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