Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Is the Western bureaucratic standard of free, fair elections enough to gauge reasonably the health of democracy? Is a peaceful, transfer of political power through free and fair elections an indication of a healthy democracy?
The US has the means for a peaceful transfer of political power every four years through free elections, yet the US political system is dominated, monopolized by the Republicans and Democrats, and driven by money, which begs the question as to how fair is the US political system??
The FDA believes that the standard for democracy should entail more than free and fair elections with peaceful transfer of political power, by examining the nature of the elections, how informed the electorate is, how much choice the electorate has, how fair an actual election is etc.,