What Is the Democratic Process?

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A democratic process is a practice that allows democracy to exist. Democracy is based on the idea that everyone should have equal rights and be allowed to participate in making important decisions. It is a form of government in which all eligible citizens are allowed equal participation, either directly (through elected leaders) or indirectly (in the proposal, development and establishment of laws that run the society).

A democratic process characterizes a system of government that is “of, by and for” the people. “Of the people” implies that the government is composed of regular citizens. “By the people” denotes that the government is elected by its citizens. “For the people” implies that the primary objective of the government is to act in ways beneficial to the people.

The “of the people” component is established when people run for a public office. The “by the people” happens when people are allowed to elect suitable candidates. The “for the people” bit happens when the government does what is required to keep the public informed on important matters. Some of the principal characteristics and basic tenets of a democratic process are that citizens of a given country get the chance to vote, both figuratively and literally, and that every citizen is allowed to live a life of his choice and is free to say and do what he wants.