Individual not affiliated to any political party
or nonpartisan politician
is an individual politician not affiliated with any political party. There are numerous reasons why someone may stand for office as an independent.
- Independents may support policies which are different from those of the major political parties.
- In some parts of the world, electors may have a tradition of electing independents, so standing for a political party is a disadvantage.
- In some countries, a political party can only be registered if it has a large number of members in more than one region, but in certain regions only a minority of electors support the major parties.
- In some countries, political parties are unlawful and all candidates thus stand as independents.
- In some countries where politics is otherwise traditionally partisan, such as the United States, subnational bodies and offices such as the Nebraska State Legislature and various directly-elected judicial and executive positions are nonpartisan and require politicians to abstain from running for office as part of a political party, even if they may be a member of one.
- In some countries where politics is otherwise traditionally partisan, such as Mongolia, the incumbent President must always be an independent and cannot run for reelection as a member of a political party.
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