IMHO, We should not expect elections in those newly democratized nations to be more than for perception, at first. We also should not expect everyone to replace their cultural values and superstitions with ours and we should not force them to. We should support forces and organizations that promote science and education.
When people of countries under tyrannical rule free themselves, the results are worlds apart from those that are freed by outside force. In a country like Iran, fundamental Islam is a cuss word to majority and this majority and the nature of Persian culture will quickly assimilate the remaining minority and a few short years later, we will have a robust democratic political process in place. People of Iran already are free of mullahs but havent removed them yet.
In Palestine, Syria, Iraq, oh boy KSA, Pakistan and there is another force at work, Islam. Islam is field with self-preservation or bust techniques for its hard-core believers. They shouldnt be measured and compared to Iran and its educated none Arab Moslems. The reason I think is that Arabs had no identity before Islam while Persia never gave up its culture and identity entirely to Islam and we are witnessing a nation resisting the invasion of an Arab ideology. I bet once Arab people are exposed to reality, truth and therefore what they didnt know that they didnt know, within a few generations, they will free themselves or fall in line to a given process like the one in Iraq.
The example of Pakistan in my last comment was mistakenly bunched with reference to Arab Moslems. They are as well as Iran a none Arab nation but culturally very Moslem.