1. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

2. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Commonly shortened to:

“The right to democracy.”


Democracy is a single political system and quite vulnerable to bribery, graft, and corruption perpetrated by unethical individuals.

We should be guaranteed the right to free and fair elections and to participate meaningfully in the governing of any organization, including a national government, in order to bring about management of affairs that benefits the many, not just the few.

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