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