AIC heads for Parliament: Did voters mistake it for ANC?

2014-05-08 16:46

There’s a new political party headed for Parliament and it seems its success may be because voters voted for it by accident.

The African Independent Congress (AIC) is a party in the Eastern Cape region of Matatiele in the former Transkei homeland.

This year, the AIC was registered provincially only in the Eastern Cape and also nationally.

The party’s colours are also reminiscent of the ANC – black, yellow, green and white.

And on this year’s ballot papers, the AIC appeared just above the ANC.

It is possible that some voters may have unintentionally voted for the AIC, thinking they were voting for the ANC.

By 3pm, votes for the AIC stood at 51 939. But in its Eastern Cape stronghold, the party has so far gained only 12 617 votes.

These figures don’t add up. In 2009 the AIC did not appear on the national ballot paper, only on that of the Eastern Cape, where the party gained 17 306 votes.

An ANC official said a mistake was the only explanation for the AIC’s sudden success.

DA representatives say any seat that does not go to the ANC is good.

By 3pm, the AIC was ahead of the ACDP, Agang, the PAC and the APC.

– Beeld

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.