The Congress of People (Cope) and the African Independent Congress (AIC) have failed to secure enough votes to remain in the Eastern Cape provincial legislature.

The parties had previously occupied one seat each in the Bisho Provincial Legislature. Cope’s Bishop Lievie Sharpley has described the development as a setback.

“We have to  do introspection and if it means  starting all over then  we  will be fundraising, was  difficult, even  when you fundraise you must first  have money to invest in the preparations since Cope at the beginning, the  president (Mosioua Lekota) and Shilowa (Mbhazima, Cope former deputy president) we never recovered properly, because a lot of  resources disappeared then.”

The AIC has attributed its poor performance to the lack of funds. “I would attribute our performance to the issue of financial constraints. As a smaller party, we don’t have that financial muscles where we can move around the country to campaign, to get people our message across,  also attribute it to the number of contestations. Remember there are over 43 parties,” says spokesperson Mxolisi Koom.

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