What are the merits and demerits of political competition?

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The following are certain merts of political competitions:

  • Election provides equal choices and oppurtunities to all to change the current ruler and elect the desired leader.
  • If political competition is not there, elections will become pointless.
  • Electoral competition is more suitable in the long run.

The following are certain demerits of electoral competition:

  • It creates disunity and factionalism
  • Candidates often use dirty tricks to discredit their opponents and win elections
  • Long term policies may become a casualty of electoral politics
  • Money power is often a crucial determinant of results in elections and smaller and independent candidates may not have sufficient resources to compete with big parties on equal terms
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