August 25, 2014

2014: A Year of Botched Elections in Asia

Andrew Oplas, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

It is commonly understood that genuine elections are among the most indispensable prerequisites for effective and sustained democratic governance. And yet as with democracy itself, elections are imperfect and malleable. Often associated with triumphant images – the purple-stained finger or zigzagging queues of hopeful voters risking everything in the face of threats – it is easy to overrate the ability of elections to set the stage for lasting democratic reforms in countries with little history of self-government.

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TAGGED: Democracy, Asia, Bangladesh, Thailand, India, Afghanistan

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