„I think people should elect a cat person. If you elect a dog person, you elect someone who wants to be loved. If you elect a cat person, you elect someone who wants to serve.“

—  Stephen Harper, Interview with Kevin Newman, Global National April 5th, 2006.
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„I am going to die. The person who succeeds me also would die. But elections, you won't have.“

—  Augusto Pinochet Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006
Speech (17 June 1975), quoted in "Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet."

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„If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing.“

—  Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924
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„No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. This—that is not democracy; that is tyranny, even if occasionally you sprinkle an election in there.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Context: As I said in Cairo, each nation gives life to democracy in its own way and in line with its own traditions. But history offers a clear verdict: Governments that respect the will of their own people, that govern by consent, and not coercion, are more prosperous, they are more stable, and more successful than governments that do not. This is about more than just holding elections; it's also about what happens between elections. Repression can take many forms, and too many nations, even those that have elections, are plagued by problems that condemn their people to poverty. And no country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or if police can be bought off by drug traffickers. No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the port authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. This—that is not democracy; that is tyranny, even if occasionally you sprinkle an election in there. And now is the time for that style of governance to end. In the 21st century, capable, reliable, and transparent institutions are the key to success: strong Parliaments; honest police forces; independent judges; an independent press; a vibrant private sector; a civil society. Those are the things that give life to democracy, because that is what matters in people's everyday lives. Barack Obama: "Address to the Ghanaian Parliament in Accra, Ghana," July 11, 2009. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=86395&st=&st1=

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„I believe I'm the best person for the job. Obviously I'm a woman, but I've never sought election on the basis of being a woman. I've always sought election as the best person for the job.“

—  Helen Clark 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand 1950
Quoted in " 'I have the skills for the job' - Helen Clark on bid for top UN job https://www.radiolive.co.nz/WATCH-I-have-the-skills-for-the-job---Helen-Clark-on-bid-for-top-UN-job/tabid/504/articleID/117913/Default.aspx" (5 April 2016)

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„You can not have free government if you can not bind the people who participate in the government to accept the results of the election.“

—  Harry V. Jaffa American historian and collegiate professor 1918 - 2015
Context: You can not have free government if you can not bind the people who participate in the government to accept the results of the election. It is the exercise of our inalienable right to life that enables us, and justifies us, in forming legitimate governments. When those governments are formed, we cannot reject them because we don’t like the results.

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„And I want you to know that I have no intention whatever of ever walking away from the job that the people elected me to do for the people of the United States.“

—  Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States of America 1913 - 1994
State of the Union Address (30 January 1974) http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=4327

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„I wish luck to you and your nation that loves you as the election results we can see testify.“

—  Silvio Berlusconi Italian politician 1936
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„These are people who want to foil elections... has been always defiant, and always will be despite the pain and fear. It will succeed.“

—  Salwa Bugaighis Libyan activist 1963 - 2014
Salwa Bugaighis in phone interview by al-Nabaa network interrupted by gunfire, 25 June 2014: Quoted in: Chris Stephen. "Libya in shock after murder of human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis," The Guardian, Thursday 26 June 2014 16.42 BST.

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„I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake. And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.“

—  Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
Speaking to the Jewish Press (5 September 2006), as quoted in "2006 Audio Emerges of Hillary Clinton Proposing Rigging Palestine Election" http://observer.com/2016/10/2006-audio-emerges-of-hillary-clinton-proposing-rigging-palestine-election by Ken Kurson, Observer (28 October 2016)

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