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What are the merits of elections?

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December 05, 2012 1:55PM

Elections take place regularly in any democracy. There are more than one hundred countries in the world in which elections take place to choose people's representatives. Elections are held in many countries that are not democratic.

But why do we need elections? Let us try to imagine a democracy without elections. A rule of people is possible without any elections if all the people can sit together everyday and take all the decisions. But, this is not possible in any large community. Nor it is possible for everyone to have the time and knowledge to take decisions on all matters. Therefore in most democracies people rule through their representatives.

In an election the voters make many choices:

v They can choose who will make laws for them.

v They can choose who will form the government and take major decisions.

v They can choose the party whose policies will guide the government and law making.