AIC says its election performance is no fluke

2014-05-08 22:08

The obscure African Independent Congress (AIC) has denied that its proximity to the ANC on the ballot paper – and a similar name and party colours – worked in its favour, after securing more voters than parties like Agang SA could.

The AIC has so far received 79 870 votes and is headed for a second seat in Parliament as counting continues.

Agang SA is yet to secure a single seat despite the fact that its leader, Mamphela Ramphele, had a more visible public profile and election campaign.

AIC deputy president Lulama Ntshayisa said it was most likely its voters in Gauteng who had pushed the party’s figures higher. The AIC did not have enough money to register in Gauteng but had campaigned in Carletonville, he said.

“I am not surprised. We were expecting two or three (national seats),” he said.

The party only contested two provinces. It scored 15 574 vote in the Eastern Cape, and just over 6 000 in the Western Cape.

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The party was formed by the residents of Matatiele who were unhappy with the 2006 decision to move the municipality from KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape.

It has now broadened its focus to include grass-roots democracy, Ntshayisa said.

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