PDOIS leaders meeting Prof Jammeh

By Max

PDOIS insistent on going to primaries is going to be interesting to watch. Given the small size and there poor recognizability in majority district in the country, I wonder who are the list of these candidates. I know three prominent members in the country, Sam Sarr, Seedia Jatta and Halifa Sallah. I am wondering if they are going to run against each other in each constituency.
I think the best process that can help PDOIS select their presidential candidate is through caucus.

This makes more sense for PDOIS to use than Primary. In caucus, members of PDOIS from each constituency will meet (convention, congress or gathering) and decide who is to lead the party by selecting delegates. This is more feasible, sensible and practical than idea of primary. In the USA where Primary is mostly practice, note that not all states are doing primary process, small states usually do caucus. Caucus is less time consuming, participants knows candidates better and less expensive. Please I would suggest PDOIS should think of caucus process so that delegates can be selected in each district before the convention. My suggestion is simply based on small size support based of PDOIS.

Difference between the two concepts

‘Q: What is the difference between a caucus and a primary?

A: In presidential campaigns, a caucus is a system of local gatherings where voters decide which candidate to support and select delegates for nominating conventions. A primary is a statewide voting process in which voters cast secret ballots for their preferred candidates.

FULL ANSWER

Caucuses were once the most common way of choosing presidential nominees. Today, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Wyoming and Iowa are the only states to rely solely on the caucus, according to the Federal Election Commission. The territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands use the caucus also. All other states and Puerto Rico use primary elections or a combination of the voting formats.

Caucus meetings are arranged by either the state or political party to take place at a certain place and time. Caucuses are unique in that they allow participants to openly show support for candidates. Voting is often done by raising hands or breaking into groups according to the candidate participants support. The results of the caucus are used to determine the delegates present at county, state and national nominating conventions of each political party. Most often, only registered voters can participate in a caucus, and they are limited to the caucus of the party with which they are affiliated.

Primaries are a direct, statewide process of selecting candidates and delegates. Similar to the general election process, primary voters cast secret ballots for the candidates of their choosing. The results are used to determine the configuration of delegates at the national convention of each party. Primaries come in two basic forms: In an open primary, all registered voters can vote for any candidate, regardless of their political affiliation. Registered Democrats may vote for a Republican candidate, and Republican voters may cast ballots for a Democrat, for instance. And registered Independents can participate in either party’s primary. But in a closed primary, voters may vote only for candidates of the party with which they are registered.’

– D’Angelo Gore

http://www.factcheck.org/2008/04/caucus-vs-primary/

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