GOOD OR BAD?

Why flourishing politics of seat inheritance is here to stay

In most instances, the party, the family, or even the clan endorses a family member to replace a deceased politician

In Summary
  • A good number of politicians have 'inherited' the positions, albeit through a democratic process. Some political parties say giving the ticket to a relatives helps them with a sympathy vote. 
  • Critics say, however, hereditary politics has negative consequences for the country's democratic legitimacy.

Over the years, it has become common for close relatives of deceased or retired politicians to run for the vacant seats. It's also entrenched in African culture.

There's a sense that bestowing ...

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