Before the Berlin wall came down, Germany was divided into East Germany and West Germany. East Germany was called the DDR (“Deutsche Demokratische Republik,”). It was clearly not a democracy. In the Soviet Union people were entitled to vote. It’s just that no representatives of the voters appeared on the ballot. Clearly the fact that a country calls itself a democracy does NOT make it a democracy. There are many different kinds of democracies. They can have different rules, different kinds of representatives and different ways to determine the winner of elections. Yet all true democracies share one characteristic:
They allow citizens and stakeholders to have meaningful participation in the political process. Meaningful participation includes more than the right to cast a ballot. It necessarily includes having someone on the ballot who represents ones interests.