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emmanuel Enow

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How democratic is your country?
Apr 16, 2013

1-In my country, we have more than 200 political parties that means more than 200 different political leaders with different ideas to combat one ruling party but they are always failing.
2- If you are for the ruling party you can have authorization to match in support but if you are not, dare not step your leg like uniform men will brutalize you.
3- We have more than 4 motions of support to our leader from all the regions but we are still not even meeting with our basic needs.
4- we have senators voted by Councillors who's term had expired but prolonged.
5- we have a leader who is the head of every thing plus the military and judiciary.
5- we have electoral body appointed but we claim to have free and fair elections.
6- There are no protests in front of the assembly when they have to take decisions.
7- The constitution had and can be changed when need be but only what favors is being applied.
Tell me is your country more democratic than mine? and why do you think so? what can be done to practice real democracy? is my country the worst in the world?

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Ilyana Chua

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Apr 18, 2013

I think Canada is renowned all over the world for being one of the most democratic countries in the world. On paper, I think this is true. But in reality, we have a very low voter turnout which means a large part of the population is under-represented.

There's a Huffinton Post article re: the Democracy Index (Canada ranked 8th) which might interest you.


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Hazal Yılmaz

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Apr 23, 2013

Hi, I think, Türkiye has got Contemporary people. My country democrat. People independently as needed.


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Re: How democratic is your country?
Apr 23, 2013

Hi. My country is a developing country, I hope that my country develops further development of human rights.


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emmanuel Enow

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Apr 25, 2013

In my country, 70 percent of senators are elected by counselors and 30 percent appointed by the head of state and the constitution states that only a former head of state can be the president of senate and we have just 2 presidents after 52 years of independent the first Amadou Ahidjo who is dead and Paul who is alive and probably the one to leave power and go to be the president of the senate


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Berivan Bilbay

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Apr 27, 2013

Hello,
I'm the citizen of Turkey . My country is democratic and innovator. My country's law, politics and economi is developing. There is freedom of thought so people are free. I hope, will develop this.


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emmanuel Enow

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Apr 29, 2013

Great i like this waiting for the development.


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May 14, 2013

heyy... I am a citizen of pakistan we have about 50 to 60 political parties and they have a influence over a limited area so no one party can rule over whole country.it is there we aare having a bad time in our country as no basic and good idea is supported

This post was edited on: 2013-05-14 at 03:30 AM by: Fayaz Ahmed


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emmanuel Enow

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Aug 27, 2013

Great for your country. Why do you think it is difficult for Egypt to build a good system of democracy.


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Ian Murray

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Sep 15, 2013


ilyanachua wrote:

I think Canada is renowned all over the world for being one of the most democratic countries in the world. On paper, I think this is true. But in reality, we have a very low voter turnout which means a large part of the population is under-represented.


Hey.
Another Canadian here.
I think our flaws in democracy go beyond just low voter-turnout. We have an archaic system of first-past-the-post, which means if 10,000 people in an area vote for party 'A', but 10,001 people in the same area vote for party 'B', party 'B' wins complete representation for that area, so the 10,000 people who voted for party 'A' receive no representation in government at all. The right to representation is a fundamental democratic right, so just based on that we can say that Canada is not a democracy. This also contributes a lot to the bad voter turn-out you mentioned, since most Canadians understand that unless their vote is for a likely winner, it can't make a difference at all. People concerned with this junk should go here.

Also, similar to the States, in Canada the political parties are able to put millions of dollars into advertising and promoting their campaigns. Their deep ties to media and corporations allow political parties to have HUGE sway over public perception and opinion. This also makes it hard to consider Canada as democratic.

This post was edited on: 2013-09-15 at 12:37 AM by: Ian


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emmanuel Enow

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Sep 17, 2013

Hi Ian,
What is happening in Cameroon now is that the twin elections for council and parliamentary elections on the 30th of September you will hardly find Government officials in office all of them had gone for campaign in their respective regions and using government logistics like cars and just name it. they pay the media for huge media campaigns and even refuse some opposition parties from campaigning in certain areas like where the president comes from. You see the level of democracy we have


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ian rae

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Oct 20, 2013

To socialists democracy would be the administration of things,free access to all goods produced so as yet no country is democratic.


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emmanuel Enow

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Oct 21, 2013

Hi Ian,
I agree with you no country is really democratic.
But when people talk of Democracy they mention USA and Canada


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ian rae

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Oct 21, 2013

laughable 2 countries with probably the biggest gaps between rich and poor considered to be democratic just because you have the right to vote or so called freedom of speech doesn't automatically make democracy regards ian.


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Ian Murray

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Re: How democratic is your country?
Oct 27, 2013

yeah i'm living in china right now and...

i can really attest that the relationship between government and people here isn't much different at all from what i'm used to in canada...

sure, in canada we get to vote, but that's usually just a time when people who know nothing about politics pay just enough attention to get brainwashed into aligning with a certain party, and then for the next 4 years these people don't pay attention to what the government is doing at all...
and most of us don't bother voting anyway,

since all the decisions, especially from our current government, are being made with not attempts to inform the population about the decisions, and certainly there's no opportunity provided by our government to let citizens have input or influence over the decisions being made

day-to-day, in china or canada, the rich get richer, the majority try to get by, and the idea that we have any power over what our government is doing is completely unimaginable for almost anyone living in either country


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