Thursday, September 20, 2007

ID – the country’s fourth biggest party despite losing 27 members


By Rhodé Marshall
20 September 2007

The Independent Democrats has been announced as the fourth biggest political party, a day after the third floor crossing results was released.

However the results of the recent floor crossing made public by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Wednesday also indicated that the ID was one of the three political parties with the biggest loss of members.

“In comparison with the ID’s 17% reduction, which still leaves us with 130 councillors nationally, is proof that we have cemented our powerful place in South Africa’s political spectrum,” says ID General Secretary Hanniff Hoosen.

He says the ID would like to bring to the attention of South Africans that 13 councillors and one Member of Parliament nationally crossed over to their party.

“The ID does not believe that this reduction is a reflection of our support on the ground. If this was the case, there would be no need for elections,” Hoosen.

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