Democracy, which derives
from the Greek word demos,
or people, is defined, basically,
as government in which
the supreme power is vested in
Majority Rule– the system of government is based on parliamentry majoritiesRepresentative Elections-the people are allowed to elect represtatives to speak for their views and interests.Multi party system-voters have the opportunity to choose from a variety of political parties, represting a wide range of political opinion.Freedom of speech-no restriction is placed on the right to opinions and express then openly.Freedom of association-no restriction is placed on people organising political parties to take part in democratic life.Freedom of Assembly-no restriction is placed on the right to hold meetings or organise demonstrations provided those do not violate the rights of others.Respect the individual rights-the state protects individuals whose rights are threatened by the actions of others.Respect for Minority rights-minorities should not have their basic rights violated by the majority.Respect for the Law-citizens who are given democratic rights should obey the laws that provide these rights.Respect for Democratic Procedures-individuals or groups who have grievances against the system should operate within it, seeking to change the law through legal means.Channels of Influence-individuals and groups have channels of access to decision makers at every level.