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

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, in the 12th amendment of the Constitution of South Africa.[2] The disputed boundary change also went to court, and was eventually confirmed in the 13th amendment.

It won 10 seats in elections to the Matatiele municipality in the 2006 local government elections and 7 in 2011, and one seat in the Eastern Cape provincial legislature in the 2009 elections which it held in 2014 elections.[1]

In the South African general election, 2014, the AIC won 97 462 votes, 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 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]

In the South African municipal elections, 2016, its support declined further in Matatiele but it stood for the first time in many other municipalities, winning a total of 55 seats across eight of the nine provinces.[5][6]

Election results[edit]

National Assembly[edit]

Election Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
2014 97,642 0.53
3 / 400
in opposition

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

Municipal elections[edit]

Election Votes  %
2016[7] 333,655 0.87%

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. 
  5. ^ http://citizen.co.za/1238762/party-formed-over-municipal-dispute-makes-inroads/
  6. ^ https://www.elections.org.za/LGEDashBoard2016/#
  7. ^ "Results Summary - All Ballots" (PDF). elections.org.za. Retrieved 11 August 2016.