DOMINICA-POLITICS-Catholic Church urges voters to vote in accordance with their conscience.


The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire is urging Dominicans to vote in the December 6 general elections 'according to his or her conscience'.

In a pre-election message read out in Roman Catholic Churches here on Sunday, the Bishop said that Dominicans will have the privilege to exercise their franchise by electing the leaders who will govern for the next five years, adding 'it is indeed a sacred duty and a noble responsibility entrusted to all.

'Past experience has taught us that in such a period of intense competition between contending parties, the desired levels of civility among citizens can be compromised,' he said, reiterating an earlier advice and challenge to the clergy and to all the faithful as regards their role in the pre-election period.

Quoting from the Election Code of the Dominica Christian Council, Bishop Malzaire said every citizen jas the 'privilege to vote according to his or her conscience, and therefore the duty, not to neglect to exercise this precious right'.

He said voters must make an effort to know the parties, their aims, objectives and policies in order to make a reasonable choice and to 'vote as free persons and not to debase ourselves by selling our votes for money or any personal favour'.

He is also calling on voters here 'to oppose and reject any candidate who use bribery, intimidation or threats of violence to win votes' as well as to 'reject any invitation to join in the harassment of those whose political views are different from ours'.

The Bishop reminded voters that 'no political or economic system is perfect' and that they must 'accept the verdict of the majority, even if this...

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