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What role do third parties play in an election?

Question asked by: knowitall

If you mean literally a third party, then they are there to try to take votes off the two main parties and to try and get more seats.

They also offer more choice to voters and are important in this way too.

Another point is that if they stand little chance of being elected then they can be used as a tactical vote.

For instance those who are fed up with the government can vote for this third party as a protest or even strategic vote to show they are dissatisfied without risking electing the second, and major challenger, for the leadership of the country.

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