Elections and Referendums

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  • They are a feature of representative democracy - citizens choose representatives to make decisions on their behalf .
  • They determine who holds political office and, in the case of a general election, who forms the government. 
  • Citizens vote for candidates who stand in geographical constituencies. 
  • An election campaign covers many issues of public policy.
  • They are required by law and must take place at a specified time. 
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  • The yare an example of direct democracy - citizens make the decisions themselves.
  • A referendum is a one-off vote on a specific issue of pulic policy. 
  • The choice offered to voters is normally a simple 'yes' or 'no' in response to a proposal. 
  • The decision to hold a referendum in the UK is taken by the government. 
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