US President Barack Obama (right) and daughter Malia sing with a man dressed as Santa Claus—AP

US President Barack Obama (right) and daughter Malia sing with a man dressed as Santa Claus—AP

US President Barack Obama (right) and daughter Malia sing with a man dressed as Santa Claus—AP

We are now in the final stages of this general election. On Thursday, May 7, voters will elect a new Parliament. So far the campaign has been curiously lacklustre and timid.

An unquestionably authentic verdict is fundamental as much for democracy as it is for political parties that win with spectacular success.