The African Independent Congress (AIC) says it has made significant strides across South Africa since it was established in 2005.
But not because it's "copying" the ruling party.
The party was founded by community members in protest against disputes over provincial boundary adjustments.
The AIC, whose party logo features yellow, green and black, has this year contested in 55 municipalities.
AIC spokesperson Margret Arnold says the party has members with seats in national Parliament and within the provincial legislature.
Contrary to reports, Arnold insists that the party did not deliberately imitate the ANC through its similar-sounding name or similar-looking emblem to gain votes or trick the electorate.
The ANC didn't complain about it. People vote consciously for the AIC.— Margret Arnold, AIC spokesperson
Listen to the the full conversation from The Midday Report from Stephen Grootes:
WATCH: ANC President Jacob Zuma cautions voters not to confuse the two:
A Message from the President 🔥🔥— RSA Minister of Police (@MbalulaFikile) August 3, 2016
Warning you of the AIC pic.twitter.com/qIAhdQ69QA
Above image submitted on Facebook by Sfiso Mlondo.
this party is very confusing .ANC must lodge a complaint with IEC.— sihle shabalala (@sihleshabalala7) August 4, 2016
they underestimated the impact, believe me it was huge I nearly voted AIC myself by accident!— Bonginkosi (@bongzee14) August 4, 2016
This article first appeared on 702 : AIC denies making inroads because of alleged ANC imitation