3 CANDIDATE EVALUATION
The selection of an employee for even the lowliest of positions warrants serious consideration by an employer. It is a bit different with selecting an Elected Member of a Legislative body, in that, there are a great number making the decision as employer and a limited number of contestants to choose from. Candidates must realize that they are not being selected for any other reason than to work for those paying them. There is the added factor that decisions and actions of this employee significantly affect the well being of a great number of people, not just those of their constituency. All candidates should be obliged to provide an indication of what his position might be, should he be faced with making any decision. Some voters might be satisfied with making their decision on who to vote for by seeing a smile or having a hand shake. Hopefully electors would want to be more serious about choosing their candidate. Many might have specific questions that they would want answered by the candidate. Rather than the candidate being queried at the front door, when he only wants to shake hands, or the voter not knowing where that candidate stands, any question that any constituent might have could be answered by all candidates on a questionnaire.
The type of investigation for an employee for any position offering the remuneration lever now enjoyed by elected representatives, would entail review at considerable depth. It is an indication of the value placed on the members of a political party “team”, that their back bench members should be chosen by popularlity vote by people who pay for (or are given) a $5.00 membership to a constituency organization. Even after candidates are nominated, voters are not adequately informed about the candidates. The information provided is mainly limited to the advertising campaign of the party.
The information that voters should have is in the candidates head. How they think and what they think. Voters should know the source of their information and knowledge. What books they read, what magazines, what TV, what radio. What opinions have they formed on schools, universities, unions, hospitals, police and any other things that the voters wish their opinions on. They should answer concerning what position they, NOT THEIR PARTY, would take on any subject of concern to the voter.
This extent of information about a candidate can not be provided at face to face campaigning. It is necessary that any person campaigning on behalf of a candidate know how and what their candidate thinks, and they must believe in the candidate, to pass that belief to others. A No Party Constituency Organization could disseminate the information in comparative form for all candidates.
Without community support,and workers dedicated to belief in a candidate, we will always have the sheep following their political masters.