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How Are Elections Falling Short In Fulfilling Their Democratic Function?

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Introduction

How Are Elections Falling Short In Fulfilling Their Democratic Function? Elections in the United Kingdom are a way of putting a person into office, whether it is for a Prime Minister, local MP or any other form of political power. The UK is a democracy, a "rule by the people". Each citizen has a free and equal opportunity to vote and influence political decisions. This is if you are over 18, not in prison and not mentally ill. Some would argue, that because these groups are not able to vote then it is not a democracy. There has been a campaign recently for those aged 16+ to be granted the vote, with plenty for it, including politicians, however, as always there are criticisms from those against under 18's to be able to vote. ...read more.

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It has only been recently where the parties have had similar policies. Labour was stereotypically the party that focused on the lower/working class, making policies that would attract votes from them, as they were the majority of the populations whereas the Conservative party would focus on the middle/upper class with their policies, the minority. However, times have changed and today there are more middle class people in the population compared to other classes, and the parties have changed there polices, perhaps, to suit them more in order to get more votes in an election. In parliament there is an under representation of minority groups. Some would argue that this is unfair that there is not an equal mix of different races or different sexualities for an example, raising the question, is it democratic? ...read more.

Conclusion

Some people may argue that the British general election voting system, First Past The Post, is not democratic. The party with the most votes, despite how ever many have been cast against them wins the most seats, not being supported by the majority of those who voted, this is not representative. Since 1935 a party has not won an overall majority of the votes cast. In conclusion there are lots of points against the United Kingdom's elections not fulfilling their democratic function. However, the biggest argument for the UK's elections being democratic is that everyone does have a chance to have one free vote, using a secret ballot. This is what a democratic election revolves around, and what some countries don't have where, unfortunately, the elections are rigged and a extremist dictator is put into power. ...read more.

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