Politicians should learn to tame their expectations in competitive elections because failure to do so has dire consequences.
Our politicians should be alive to realities of rigid expectation of victory which end up in failure as in most cases this result in heart attacks or political stress.
In other cases, unbridled expectation of victory fuel violence in the electoral process whether at club or inter-party levels.
We say this because of the confusion and in some cases the reported intra-party violence yesterday over the adoption for elective seats for contenders at parliamentary and local government levels.
Political parties, especially those considered heavy weights, did not do a good job in their selection of contestants for the general elections.
The administrative scrutiny of party hopefuls in the August 11 general elections was a divided committee members’ affair, leading to most aspirants having inflamed hard-nosed expectations.
While we agree that national executive committees of political parties have authority over their subordinates in the selection of preferred candidates for elective political positions, we wish to advise that this should be done transparently to avoid conflicts.
Proper management of conflicts, especially in elevation of individuals in a club or work place, demands that transition is well coordinated and executed transparently to have a win-win outcome.
A proactive approach to addressing successful and unsuccessful candidates and the call for unity before the announcement of adoption often brings out the best out of an organisation.
Such diplomatic ways of avoiding succession wrangles make members, especially unsuccessful contestants, believe that there can only be one winner at intra-party level or inter-party competitions.
We urge political parties to be devising intra-party programmes aimed at educating members on the ideology of their grouping.
Political party leaders should also develop internal civic programmes aimed at instilling discipline in members so that they were all equal in manifestos and ideologies and, therefore, it did not matter who was picked to stand for elective positions in inter-party competitions.
The leadership of our various political parties should not implant in their cadres the feeling of winner takes it all at personal level when they become victorious in elections but that political parties gain as they become agents of change in the quest for national development.
This is the reason political parties should discard the culture of numbers being the only consideration for members but also the culture of civic responsibility and the ability to understand party manifestos and ideologies.
The journey to the National Assembly or council chamber should not be sustained based on the get rich quick notion at the expense of development and the uplifting of people’s welfare.
The belief that politics and getting into Parliament or council chamber is an automatic ticket to riches is what brings about unbridled oiling of adoption party committees, leading to confusion and violence when decisions are unfavourable for others.
Political leaders should learn to tame their expectations in elections.