The Role of Elections in a Democracy - Elections in Britain

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Elections in Britain

  • Elections are central to a democracy.
  • Farrell points out, they are 'the clogs which keep the wheels of democracy properly functioning'.
  • Free, competitive elections.  
  • In the late 20th century, millions of people gained the right to vote.
  • 1994 - South Africa held it's first free election, in which previously disenfranchised millions (black South Africans who were denied the vote) were entitled to vote.
  • In African continents it's likely to have a multi-party system, in which several parties will be competing, however no single party is likely


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