Sponsoring Your Party Candidates in Elections

What exactly does sponsoring your party candidates in elections entail? If, as a candidate in an election, I get a party ticket (and by extension, party sponsorship) what help should I expect? What does the ‘sponsorship package’ usually entail? What advantage would I, as a party-sponsored candidate, have over an independent candidate? These are questions that people who are getting started in elective politics tend to have. And in today’s article, we will be answering some of those questions – or at least the one on what sponsoring party candidates in elections entails.

Without further ado, sponsoring your party candidates in elections usually entails:

  1. Giving them the party ticket: this in turn translates into potential votes. It means that the people who are members of the party in question are likely to vote for the candidate who has the party’s ticket – whether they know him or not. Therefore, just having the ticket of a popular party can bring in lots of votes.
  2. Giving them financial support: political campaigns tend to be costly affairs. Even if you are not involved in vote buying, you still have to spend quite a bit of money. You need, for instance, to give the volunteers who campaign on your behalf stipends. The vehicles used in the campaigns have to be fueled. The phone bills at the campaign secretariat have to be paid. Like if, for instance, you are using Metro PCS phone services at the secretariat, you have to devote some funds to the metropcs bill pay expense. And you are likely to discover that the metropcs bill payment requirements for a campaign secretariat can be rather hefty… Now if a party has money, it is expected to give some to its candidates, to enhance chances of them winning. Even if the party doesn’t have lots of money on its own, it can fundraise on behalf of its candidates.
  3. Giving them logistical support: this is where, for instance, the party can mobilize its members to serve as volunteers for its candidates. Or you can have the party allowing its candidates to use its local/grassroots offices as their campaign secretariats.
  4. Giving them political training: one needs to have certain skills, to win in an election contest. A political party is expected to organize training for the candidates running on its tickets, to give them the skills they need, to win the seats they are running for.