Presidential & Parliamentary elections 2007

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Elections and Democracy

To explain the purpose of elections, first we need to understand democracy.

Democracy is a situation in which every adult member of a country has an equal say in how that country should be run. It is based on 3 important ideas.

  • The first is that people deserve to have peaceful and free lives, and that everyone should have the same opportunities.
  • The second is that people should have leaders to defend their freedom and increase their opportunities. We need leaders because it would not be practical for us all to be making decisions about everything all of the time!
  • The third is that we are all different. Each of us should be able to say which leaders we think should take the country forward, and how.

Register to vote from 26 February to 18 March