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Democracy is a political system in which the citizens of a country have the power to elect the government. The word actually comes from two Greek words – ‘Demos’ means people and ‘Kratos’ means power – in other words democracy is all about people power in running a country.

In the past people often had to be of a particular gender, race, social class and age in order to be entitled to vote.

Today the right to vote is often ‘universal’, meaning that everyone over a certain age can vote. Governments today (and the politicians in them) are also more diverse.

No-one will automatically hand you a voting paper (ballot) on your 18th birthday however! To be able to vote on polling (election) day you need to register.

It also does no harm to be aware of what voting system is being used and what the people and political parties standing in the election believe in. How you vote is a personal choice – you need to make your own mind up on it.

This section of the magazine aims to help you understand a bit more about voting so that you can make a more informed choice if you vote.

 

   
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