Today is International Day of Democracy and year’s theme is democracy and conflict prevention. Politicians, NGOs, charities, cultural influencers, educators and individuals across the globe will be focusing on the need to strengthen democratic institutions which will promote peace and stability.
You know what a democracy is, right? Let’s go over it anyway. A democratic government abides by these four key principles:
· A political system to choose and replace the government through free and fair elections.
· The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life.
· Protection of human rights for all citizens.
· A rule of law, whereby laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.
All of these principles are essential when it comes to forming a fair and just society. Perhaps the most important principle is the first one: free and fair elections. That is the primary element of democracy.
However, apart from these key ingredients, democracy does mean different things to different people. So, in celebration of International Day of Democracy, here’s our favourite democratic quotes.
“I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi
“Democracy is in the blood of the Muslims, who look upon complete equality of mankind, and believe in fraternity, equality, and liberty.” ~ Muhammad Ali Jinnah
“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” ~ Winston Churchill
“Democracy is government of, by and for the people.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“The people who own the country ought to govern it.” ~ John Kay
“Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.” ~ Laurence J Peter
“The lesson of history is clear: democracy always wins in the end.” ~ Marjorie Kelly
“It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” ~ John F. Kennedy