World: AN ELECTION CALENDAR: Ballots Around the World

Millions of people have no say whatever in choosing their rulers. For many of those who do, it is campaign time in that periodic democratic phenomenon, the national election. Not all the votes will be so quiet and orderly as Ireland's, which last week returned Prime Minister Sean Lemass and his Fianna Fail Party to power with diminished strength. Nor will all the elections or campaigns be democratic. Yet even amid political repression, even where issues are listlessly debated or dimly understood,. the ballot box serves as the great political symbol of freedom, and its use—or misuse—anywhere in the...

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