The tiny political party fields candidates

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Does "field" here refer to "answer skillfully"? It seems more to me. I am not sure where is the nuance.

Blockchain advocates say the technology addresses the root cause of voting systems’ insecurity—the fact that voting can be controlled by a single person, group or machine. Argentina’s “Net Party” provides an example of what can go wrong. The tiny political party fields candidates who promise to strictly follow citizens’ bidding as expressed on an online polling platform.

-Scientific American

Source:Are Blockchains the Answer for Secure Elections? Probably Not
  • JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)

    WRF definitions using the word candidate:

    Random House:
    1. to place in competition:to field a candidate for governor.
    WRF Collins
    1. (transitive) to enter (a person) in a competition: each party fielded a candidate
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