Pillar of Democracy: Strong opposition and it’s pillars

Modern democracies are determined by the number. The government is selected through majority. This majority can be anything like highest vote or more than half votes or transferable votes or representative votes. It implies therefore that who do not vote, do not become part of the effective selectors of the government. Among those who vote are not necessarily become effective selector. It depends upon the legislative requirements, how a candidate is declared elected. Many a time voter do not directly elect the government. Some political entities also require additional conditions to be fulfilled to be declared elected. The world picture of election method is complex and vivid. We do not intend to narrate all methods of election, but would like to deliberate on pillar of democracy. The art of governance is all about power and grabbing power, maintaining confidence of voters. Power is contagious, it tend to corrupt those in power, it tends to misuse of power. Therefore a control and check on power only ensure effective democracy. This can be done by different ways and methods. Constitutional provisions of checks and balance is always there. But they never suffice, as interpretation and execution of provisions depends upon character of the people in power. Consistent strong opposition can keep government on track. The meaning of ‘strong’ entails number of opposition representatives elected and quality of those. This strength of opposition is derived from citizens. Literacy and economic well being of citizens are the tow pillars, who determine how strong opposition will be elected. In the history of United States and United Kingdom, strong opposition is a consistent phenomenon for more than two centuries. Like in farm, farmer need to change crop pattern changed every few years for better and healthy crops, in a democracy; the ruling party must change every few elections. If one party remains in power for long period, it may attract suppression of rights of people, corruption and development.

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