How to Conduct Political Party Nominations

Sometimes, you may have two or more candidates who are interested in running on your party’s ticket for a seat. For instance, there may be an upcoming parliamentary election, where two or more candidates are interested in running on your party’s ticket. Or there may be an upcoming local council election, where two or more candidates are interested in running on your party’s ticket. In such situations, you will find yourself having to conduct nominations. You would be doing so in order to select the candidate who would run on your party’s ticket for the seat in question. And there are 3 main ways in which you can conduct the political party nominations, namely:

  1. Through secret ballot: here, you invite the members of the party to cast ballots for their preferred candidates. The candidate who gets the most ballots is subsequently nominated, and thus given the party’s ticket to run for the seat in question.
  2. Through boardroom interviews: this is where the people who are interested in the party’s ticket are subjected to interviews (by a panel), to select the one who is most likely to be successful. This approach can be very useful if some of the people who have expressed interest in the party’s ticket are obviously jokers. You may, for instance, have a fellow who is just an entry-level employee at, say, Walmart — yet he has expressed interest in the party’s ticket. Yet the fellow knows very well that his work schedule (accessible at www.walmartone.com) can’t allow him to have enough time to campaign. Further, upon visiting the Walmartone associate login page, signing in, and checking his paystubs, he knows very well that he can’t finance a serious campaign. Yet he insists that he must be awarded the party’s ticket! It is only through boardroom interviews that such ‘joker’ candidates can be weeded out.
  3. Through consensus: this is where you can get the two or more people who are interested in the party’s ticket to sit down, and agree on whom the most viable candidate among them is. This may, however, turn out to be a tricky exercise in situations where each of the candidates feels that he is the best.