Good morning one and all. Respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends, it is my pleasure and privilege to stand before you today. I am honored to have this opportunity to speak to such a distinguished audience.Today on this occasion, I would like to talk about democracy. Democracy is a system of governance that relies on the principles of representation and participation.
It administers the ideology- of the people, by the people, for the people. Democracy allows the people to participate in the nation’s decision making process. The public is actively involved in the affairs related to the State. They can participate either through the voting process or by means such as protests and petitions. A key aspect of democracy is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power between governments.
By electing their representatives and government, the people have the right to choose their leaders and the process ensures justice. The elections are conducted through fair means and people are encouraged to vote. Thus, a democracy gives the people the right to elect their leaders and hold them accountable. If the politicians fail to meet the expectations of the people then they have the power to remove those representatives from office.
Democracy encourages political stability, this is another benefit of it. It ensures an equal treatment of all it citizens and builds a society that upholds the values of equality, freedom and social justice. In a democratic state the law applies the same to all its people, none is superior or inferior resulting from any discriminations.
This discourages prejudice and a sense of superiority and discrimination. It also reduces the chances of a society that is in constant conflict or instability. When people are involved in the decision making process and in a way responsible for the decisions that affect their lives, they are more likely to be content with their lives and complain less.
However, regardless of all these factors, democracy at times fails to serve its purpose. This leads to clashes and a feeling of dissatisfaction among the people. It can be slow and the minorities could fall victims to the tyrannies of the majorities. A major flaw that threatens the peaceful existence of a democratic society is corruption. While it may not be perfect, it shares its own set of benefits which in most cases outweigh its negatives.