5 Usefulness Of Political Parties

5 Usefulness Of Political Parties

Bernadine Igwe | 12/Jul/2022 | 7:02 pm | Politics   Government  

Ways a Political Parties have benefited a Country. 


A political party is a group of people who are organized, United, and willing to run a government. A political party seeks to win an election in other to acquire the political power to rule a country. Political parties have played an important role in the building of a nation and Nigeria is one of them. 


Political Parties have helped many countries and in this modern world is rare to see a country without a political party.


Although we have Naurua country in Oceania that is a non-party democratic country. 


Among numerous countries that have political Parties, we have Nigeria.


Nigeria has 18 registered Political Parties. 

About 74 parties were deregistered by INEC after the 2019 election, for not meeting constitutional requirements for the existence of a political party in Nigeria. 


Registered parties include All Progressive Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Accord Party (AP), Action Alliance (AA), National Rescue Movement (NRM), Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), etc. Who will win the Nigerian President election?

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Also, Ghana has two dominant parties out of the multi-party system. The National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party. Other parties include; Ghana Union Movement (GUM), Peoples Destiny Party (PDP) All Peoples Congress (APC). 


Furthermore, In the United States of America, there are two major national political parties. The Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Democratic party has about 60 million registered members. 

Other parties include Libertarians, Socialist Party, Reform Party, Natural Law Party, Constitution Party, and Green Party. 


The British Political System is a two-party system consisting of the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. 


Germany has a multi-party system which includes the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Liberal Democratic Party of Germany (LDPD), Democratic Farmers Party of Germany (DBD), National Democratic Party of Germany (NDPD), Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), etc. 


North Korea has the Workers Party of governing Korea as their only party.


The People's Republic of China is a one-party state ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) but has eight other political parties. China Zhi Cong, Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party, China Democratic League, etc. 


In addition, Australia has Labour Party, the Liberal Party of Australia, and the Nationals. Labour Party is the oldest and was founded in 1901.


France has La Republique En Marche, National Rally, Socialist Party, etc.


However, political parties in these countries and other countries around the world have been of great help. 


1. Engage Patriot Citizens. 

Firstly, political parties engage with patriotic citizens and get them into their parties. This gives room for these citizens to show their love for the country through leadership. Patriotic citizens make great leaders and that is what every nation needs. It can only take a patriotic citizen to know and understand the needs of a country and how to help the country. Political parties bring these people to the forefront of politics.


2. Support their candidate.

Moreover, any political party must support, encourage, promote and campaign for its candidate. Most people see this as the major reason a political party is in existence. Political party members are seen everywhere before an election campaigning for their candidate. They take the good message to the ears of every citizen in the country. They try to convince people to vote for their candidate. 


3. Educational Function.

Furthermore, political parties play important role in educating the citizens of a country. These have helped people who are not aware of the happenings in a country. Political parties educate the citizens on the importance of voting and remind them about their franchise. They educate them on the importance of belonging to a political party. 

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4. Unity

Fourthly, political parties unite a government, a country a nation, and its people. Political parties know no race or tribe. Political parties know no language or ethnic group.

People from different states and regions can belong to one political party. The existence of political parties has brought unity amongst the people. Political party members do not consider the tribe of their candidate when campaigning for the candidate. A political party is not sentimental or tribalistic when promoting a candidate. 


5. Role in making laws. 

Lastly, political parties play an important role in making laws and passing bills in a country in a country. Party whose candidate is in power, supports the bills passed by the government. This is because party members share a common interest policy and goals. Political parties influence a country greatly this is because their candidate will always consider the interest of the party in making decisions. 



Now that was great! It was an interesting journey with you through these facts. I am elated to have you here. Do you belong to any political party? If not, I believe you have a reason now to join one. If yes, then try to make your party a good one as parties are important in any government. Patriotism should be our watchword. 


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