Political parties are not government. That's just the excuse they use. They are a private membership of people, who may or may not work for the government. If we're serious about fair elections, elections free of manipulation and fraud, elections whose candidates are worthy of the people's vote, and where the most worthiest wins, perhaps we shouldn't allow private political parties running them. Free and open elections are the basis of democracy. None but the voter, has the right to choose a candidate or influence the outcome of elections except by their vote.