ELECTIONS

AMENDMENT TO ELECTIONS ACT – EXAMINATION OF THE CANDIDATES

 

SLOGAN: “LET THE FITTEST RULE”

 

PROBLEMS

 

  1. Currently there is no examinations for politician and/or elected officials. We often face the situations, when key people in different specific positions are not qualified to perform their duties. Their qualifications judges on previous experience that not always can be a good proof of their abilities.
  2. The same is true about the voters. In most of the cases people vote for parties without understanding their goals, political platforms. This allow a lot of populist speculations and turn election into mockery.
  3. Social theory, originally proposed by Hans Eysenck, is that higher intelligence is associated with avoidance of extreme political views in general. Hence, more intelligent people are thought to be moderate/centrist in their political views. The argument is that more extreme views, whether right-wing or left-wing, tend to be associated with dogmatism and rigidity, which are more appealing to less intelligent people.
  4. Politicians in different positions must have and prove specific knowledge in the area they serve.
  5. The civil service / politician examination system, should become a method of recruiting civil officials based on merit rather than political connections.

 

 

SOLUTIONS

 

  1. Everyone who wish to get elected should pass exam that will confirm that they fit to the post.
  2. Every voter has to complete a test confirming their understanding what they are voting for.
  3. Both the voters and the candidates have to pass psychological tests eliminating their inclinations to cruelty and lack of compassion.
  4. Create incentive for the voters to pass such tests.

 

 

FURTHER RESEARCH

 

  1. Review of similar suggestions in other countries. (For example, in India since 2014 candidates registering for taking exams in order to become a politician. With this development, to get the politician status, all existing politicians and those aspiring will be required to appear at an exam.)
  2. Development of the legislation
  3. Calculation of the costs
  4. Conduct discussions with government officials on feasibility of this proposal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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