African Independent Congress

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African Independent Congress
President Mandla Galo[1]
Founded 12 December 2005 (2005-12-12)
Colours orange
National Assembly seats
3 / 400
Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature seats
1 / 63
Politics of South Africa
Political parties
Elections

The African Independent Congress (AIC) is a minor political party in South Africa.

It was founded on 12 December 2005 in the Matatiele locality in protest against the inclusion of the area in the Eastern Cape by the African National Congress government, rather than KwaZulu-Natal.[2]

It won 10 seats in elections to the Matatiele municipality in the 2006 local government elections, one seat in the Eastern Cape provincial legislature in the 2009 elections and seven seats in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal in the 2011 local government elections.[1]

In the 2014 national elections, the AIC won 97 462 votes in the election, or 0.53% of the total vote, which grants the party three seats in the National Assembly. It retained its seat in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. The party did not stand in seven of the nine provinces, and was thought to have only a small, regional base. Some analysts to believe the party picked up mistaken votes from its proximity on the ballot and similarity of name and logo to the African National Congress.[3][4]

Election results[edit]

National elections[edit]

Election Votes % Seats
2014 97,642 0.53 3

Provincial elections[edit]

Election Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
2014 0.77% 1/63 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.31% 0/42

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rise against incompetent leaders: AIC". Independent Online. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ SABC News 18 March 2009
  3. ^ "AIC heads for Parliament: Did voters mistake it for ANC?". City Press. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "We did not get ANC votes - AIC". IOL. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.