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Local candidates drawn to office by political spoils

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October 18th, 2013 10:18 am| by admin

Election night wheeling and dealing to hand out politically appointed nominations to the boards of municipally owned companies plays a significant role in how local councils are made up, according a survey of over 1,000 local councillors nationwide.

Once the votes are counted and lawmakers know who’s been voted in, local councils must seek to form a coalition of parties that can hold a majority.

In order to win the support of parties and individual councillors, mayors can hand out paid positions sitting on boards of port authorities, power companies and other council-owned organisations. 


SEE RELATED: Calls for more transparent party financing ahead of local election

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