(n)Is any form of government which passes itself off as a democracy through electoral legitimacy, when in fact it is neither a democracy nor is it's electoral process legitimate. Any form of government which implies it includes a democratic choice in elections, i.e., more than one candidate or party, as long as that party or candidate is an "approved" opposition group or individual. Has limited freedoms, which are passed off as absolute, i.e., freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion as long as these "freedoms" are approved by the state. A form of government which frequently amends the laws to insure one group or person remain in power, i.e., term lengths are often lengthened, and in the number of times said candidate is eligible for office. Offices the candidate seek are often "flip flopped" with another individual approved by the dictator. Other aspects of such systems include a legislative body that is merely a "rubber stamp" to give the dictator "legitimacy."
Examples of the above form of government are Russia, Syria, Egypt and Zimbabwe. In terms of how these function a recent election in which Crimea "voted" to join the Russian Federation and secede from Ukraine to "protect" the Russian speaking majority is an example. The election was held while Crimea was occupied by Russian troops, and at the end of the barrel of a gun. In Syria as in Russia, the state controls the media. In both their constitutions have been changed to insure the same ruler remains in power. In both cases, Assad and Putin have been there over 14 years. In Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, he has been "democratically" elected since 1980. And in Egypt where popular uprisings have toppled one dictator, elected another and seen him toppled, only to come full circle to elect a "retired" military man. Anyway you slice it, all four are dictatorships.
Electoral Dictatorships rarely start out that way. Often they take advantage of loopholes in a framing document such as a constitution, manipulating and perverting it usually through an electoral process, to fit their agenda. This form of government employs staunch nationalism to eventually hoodwink all if its populace, including it's supporters. The end result are less freedom and independence, and in some cases, no freedom and political, ethnic or religious internment.