OPINION

ND leadership elections

The process of electing a new party chief based on the votes of party members and supporters, as opposed to those of party apparatchiks, has been established by political parties in the last few years.

It is the same procedure that New Democracy will adhere to in the conservative party’s upcoming election.

However, certain other rules must apply in this case.

These include a sense of transparency and clarity with regard to who is eligible to vote in inner-party elections. If the procedure is left to its own devices it could fall prey to organized pressure groups and interests which do not necessarily have the conservative party’s best interests in mind.

There are ways to secure an open and large participation of voters.

The process should be based on a set of strict rules which will safeguard the ballot, as is the case in other countries where parties hold similar elections.