Local candidates drawn to office by political spoils
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.
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