2mis-governance and abuse and, thus, allow the space and momentum to build towardssustainable reform and development outcomes. Thus, our second criteria-category is thecandidates’ proposed
Immediate, Strategic Agenda
for the presidency.
3.Capacity to Win Power for Reform
For a candidate’s good track record to be put behind and realize his/her bold reform agenda,however, the candidate will have to win the elections. This is the necessary bridge betweenthe candidate’s track record and his/her immediate and strategic agenda.
S/he will have to beable to seriously engage in tightly contested national elections
for the highest position
in theland scheduled one year from now. Thus, our third category is the Capacity to Engage in National Electoral Contest – the
Capacity to Win Power for Reform
CHECK-LIST ON CRITERIA FOR NATIONAL CANDIDATES (NC)
Integrity and Track Record
Character and Credibility
Has the NC held positions requiring public trust and credibility?
Has the NC been implicated in corruption or grave public scandal? What about the NC’s family members or close associates?
What is the reputation of the people who are most closely associated with the NC?
Has the NC been transparent in his/her transactions, whether in public office or in a private capacity?
Has the NC ever been caught lying, cheating, stealing or applying double-standards in public or private transactions?
Can we trust the NC to do what s/he says and to give us the real picture on the problems facing the country?
What is the NC’s track record in human rights, including respect for women andchildren within his/her immediate circle of association? What is his/her track recordin dealing with minority groups and peoples?
Has the NC demonstrated a love of country and value for the common good above theinterests of one’s family or close associates?1.2
What positions has the NC held up to now? Have these positions provided sufficientexperience and preparation to assume national office; particularly, for presidential andvice-presidential candidates, has their experience prepared them to run an entirecountry?
had dealings of any sort with the bureaucracy? With what result?
How about the NC’s dealings with public agencies? The private sector? The NGOs?The basic sectors or people’s organizations? Did s/he promote meaningful