What makes an election democratic?

7/1/2015 CBSE

What makes an election democratic? (a simple list of the minimum conditions of a democratic election)

1.����� First, everyone should be able to choose. This means that everyone should have one vote and every vote should have equal value.
2.����� Second, there should be something to choose from. Parties and candidates should be free to contest elections and should offer some real choice to the voters.
3.����� Third, the choice should be offered at regular intervals. Elections must be held regularly after every few years.
4.����� Fourth, the candidate preferred by the people should get elected.
5.����� Fifth, elections should be conducted in a free and fair manner where people can choose as they really wish.

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