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Participation is the key role of citizens in democracy. It includes voting, being informed, debating issues, attending community meetings, paying taxes, and even protesting.
Equality means all individuals are valued equally, have equal opportunities, and may not be discriminated against because of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
Democratic societies are politically tolerant. This means that while the majority of the people rule in a democracy, the rights of the minority must be protected. People who are not in power must be allowed to organize and speak out.
In a democracy, elected and appointed officials have to be accountable to the people. They are responsible for their actions. Officials must make decisions and perform their duties according to the will and wishes of the people, not for themselves.
For government to be accountable the people must be aware of what is happening in the country. A transparent government holds public meetings, allows citizens to attend, the press and the people can get information about decisions being made, by whom and why.
Regular, Fair, and Free Elections
Citizens elect officials to represent them in government. Elected officials are chosen and removed from office in a free and fair manner. Intimidation and threats at an election are against the principles of democracy.
People in a democracy must have economic freedom. This means the government allows some private ownership of property and businesses, and the people are allowed to choose their own work and labor unions.
Control of the Abuse of Power
Democratic societies try to prevent elected officials from abusing their power or engaging in corruption. Corruption occurs when government officials use public funds for their own benefit or exercise power in an illegal manner.
Bill of Rights
Many democratic countries have a bill of rights to protect people against the abuse of power. A bill of rights is a list of rights and freedoms guaranteed to all people in the country.
Accepting the Results of Elections
In democratic elections, there are winners and losers. Losers in the election must accept the results of the election.
All democracies strive to respect and protect the human rights of citizens. Human rights mean those values that reflect respect for human life and human dignity.
In order to have a multi-party system, more than one political party must participate in elections and play a role in government.
The Rule of Law
In a democracy no one is above the law, not even a king or an elected President.
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