Thursday, 8 May 2014

500 million people voting - wheres the democracy in that

500 million people are entitled to vote for their representative in the European Parliament.

In April in 2014 more than a billion people were eligible to vote in a sudden flurry of national elections in some of the world's largest – and newest democracies. 800 million  In India, another 190 million have the right to vote in Indonesian.  Algeria 21 million could vote to decide on 17 April about whether to give President Abdelaziz Bouteflika a fourth term. And smaller electorates in Hungary, Macedonia and Guinea-Bissau were also be able to exercise their democratic right last month.

Of course democracy is more than about voting - but without voting it is not democracy.

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