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Why are elections important in a democracy?

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The essence of democracy is equality. Elections give the opportunity to every adult citizen of the country to choose his/her representative. This makes the country truly democratic.

Elections are important for the following reasons:
1. Public opinion and will is expressed through elections. They are essential for creating a vibrant, progressive and aware society.
2. People participate in the governance of their country by choosing their own representative through elections.
3.People are given a choice to allow the present government to continue to rule or to elect a new one altogether. This happens due to the occurrence of elections at regular intervals.
4. The right to vote is given to every adult citizen of the country, irrespective of his/her colour, race, religion and sex. Free and fair elections engage citizens as stakeholders in the social and economic progress of the country.

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