How to Protect a Political Party from Corrupt Influences

Political parties are highly susceptible to corrupt influences. Therefore, as one of the people charged with the responsibility of managing a political party, you need to do your best to protect it from such influences. Otherwise your party will be infiltrated and with time, it will stop standing for the ideals it was set up for. We have seen that happen to very many political parties — and if you are not careful, your political party won’t be the exception. Naturally, a question comes up as to how exactly you can protect a political party from corrupt influences. And in answering that question, we discover that there are at least three practical ways in which you can protect a political party from corrupt influences, namely:

  1. Vetting funds: one of the main ways in which political parties are infiltrated by corrupt influences is through funding. You may therefore find yourself having to decline certain funds, if you want to protect your political party from corrupt influences. If you accept the merchants of corruption to fund your political party, you will also have to allow them to influence your party’s policies. Ideally, a political party should be funded by its members. A political party member may, for instance, go to the KPFprepaid check balance webpage, and discover that he has some extra funds in his account. Those would be funds he can donate to the political party. Another member may receive a salary bonus, and opt to devote part of it to funding his political party. Yet another member may receive a cash gift, and opt to devote part of it to funding his political party… These are clean sources of funds. Relying on them is better than accepting money from the merchants of corruption. When you come to think of it, it doesn’t really cost a lot of money to keep a political party going. There is therefore no reason as to why it shouldn’t be possible to fund the party using member’s contributions. But if you have to accept external funding, you need to vet the donors carefully and ensure that there are no ugly strings attached to the money.
  2. Vetting party officials: all people who express the desire to become party officials need to be vetted carefully, before being voted into office. Only the people who strongly believe in the party ideals, and who have no decipherable connections to the merchants of corruption should be allowed to become party officials. People need to be told, right from the outset, that it won’t be automatic for them to become party officials. That they will have to go through a vetting process, before being allowed to stand for party positions.
  3. Empowering ordinary members: it is the ordinary members who know what the party’s best interests are, and who are less susceptible to corrupt influences. Whereas the merchants of corruption can infiltrate the top echelons and corrupt the officials, they can’t corrupt the ordinary members (who tend to be numerous). Therefore, empowering ordinary members goes a long way towards protecting a political party from corrupt influences. You should aim for a scenario where the ordinary members can veto the decisions made by the officials. But if you have the reverse scenario – where the officials are in a position to veto the decisions made by the ordinary members – then your political party is open to corrupt influences.

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.