The pandemic has been a trial for democracies worldwide.
In well-running ones, it has been a test of self-restraint as people have been told to stay at home and limit their activities in public in the absence of repressive and confining lockdowns.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 28, 2020, with the headline 'Voters must cast their ballots to ensure the best candidate wins'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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