Belize Council of Churches’ statement on the 2015 General Elections

Saturday, October 31st, 2015


decision-2012-elections-1As we approach General Elections 2015, the Belize Council of Churches wishes to call the attention of all Belizeans on the followings:
We encourage all the parties involved in this election, the Political Parties, the Elections and Boundaries Commission, and the Voters, to put the interest of the country above and beyond their own self-interest and allow the electoral process to be fair, peaceful and objective.
We encourage the institutions responsible for law and order in our land to be vigilant, responsible and fair in the exercise of their duties.
We encourage all the voters to say no to any form of political intimidation or enticement, such as receiving money for your vote, which tantamount to participating in the corruption of our democracy. We therefore call on all voters to vote in concert with their conscience and on what is best for Belize, that is, to vote for those who will best represent the interest of all Belizeans.
We are reminding all our adult members and citizens at large that it is their duty to vote and therefore call on all voters to go and cast their vote on Election Day.
Finally, we call upon all Belizeans to earnestly pray for a peaceful election. In that same light, we declare Sunday, November 1, a Day of Prayer for a peaceful and fair election. We encourage all the congregations throughout the country, in all their services, to include special intercession for Election 2015 (a summary prayer is included below). May God’s will be done on Election Day.
Lord God Almighty, You have made all the peoples of the earth for Your glory, to serve You in freedom and in peace: give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with Your gracious will. And finally, dear Lord, teach our people to rely on Your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the wellbeing of our country; that we may serve You faithfully in our generation and honour Your Holy Name. Amen.


 

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