Lijstduwer

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Lijstduwer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlɛistˌdyʋər], list pusher) is a Dutch term for the last candidate on a party list.

In Suriname, the Netherlands and Belgium, this position is often taken by well-known non-politicians such as artists and sportspeople. They are officially a candidate, but they are put at the end of the party list in a bid to attract more votes for the party. Similarly, national politicians are sometimes the last candidate on the list for the European elections and some formerly significant politicians accept this position to help increase votes. The candidate is not likely to become member of the elected body, and generally rejects the position if elected.