5 Challenges You are Likely to Face While Running a Political Party

Running a political party is not easy. I have been involved in various political party activities for many years: right from my time in college. For most of those years, I worked in political party secretariats – running the political party activities behind the scenes. And from that vantage point, I came to understand the challenges associated with running a political party. Those challenges will be the focus of today’s article. I will be proceeding to outline the five challenges you are likely to face, when running a political party.

Firstly, when running a political party, you are likely to have a challenge attracting members (especially if yours is a new political party).

Secondly, when running a political party, you are likely to have challenges getting the members to be committed to the party ideals. So attracting members is hard enough. But once you manage to attract the members, you have to go a step further, and try to get them to be committed to the party ideals – which may be at odds with their personal ideals at times.

Thirdly, when running a political party, you are likely to have challenges mobilizing resources to finance the party’s activities.

Fourth, when running a political party, you are likely to have challenges selling the party’s agenda to the general public. You soon come to realize that members of the general public are a skeptical lot. Whatever you tell them, it won’t be news to them. They will tell you (verbally or otherwise) that they have heard it before. Selling a political party agenda requires sustained attention. But you soon discover that people’s attention spans are short, especially when dealing with public issues.

Fifth, when running a political party, you may have challenges nominating candidates to run for various elective positions (especially if the party becomes popular). If the party becomes popular, people will start coveting its tickets to run for various positions. So, for a given position, you may end up with several candidates. It then becomes hard to make decisions on which candidates to give tickets to, and which candidates to deny tickets.