Explain the term Representative Government. What conditions are essential for the existence of a representative government?

The term Representative Government is the
type of government in which the people are
governed by the representatives they elected. 

THE CONDITIONS
THAT ARE ESSENTIAL FOR THE EXISTENCE OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ARE: 

  • Franchise must exists. People must
    possess the right to vote during elections so that they can choose their
    leaders.
  •  Elections must be held
    periodically. This will afford the people the ample opportunity of
    rejecting any representative who does not perform well.
  •  Existence of Political Parties.
    This will enable people to align their interest with any
    political party that can serve them better.
  •  There must be accountability on
    the part of government to the people. Since the government
    is exercising a mandated power, they must give account of stewardship to those who bestow the power on them.
  •  Individual freedom and rights
    must also be guaranteed. People must have political, social
    and economic right guaranteed and protected.
  •  A fearless and independent
    judicial system will also enhance a representative
    government. It will not only act as check on those in government but
    will help to redress misuse of power and maltreatment
    of citizens.
  •  A free press is another condition
    for representative government to exist.
  •  Economic   development  
    and   growth   will  
    enhance representative government.

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