Latest stories: General Elections

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Ahead of Ethiopia’s General Elections, Bishops Say Citizens “desire an upright leader”

Catholic Bishops in the Horn of Africa nation of Ethiopia have, in a collective statement days to the country’s general elections, outlined qualities of those to be elected to the House of People’s Representatives saying citizens desire leaders who are “upright.”

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Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Call for Fair Media Coverage of Ongoing Political Campaigns

Members of the Jesuit Conference of Theological Reflection (JCTR) have called on media players in Zambia to observe fairness in the coverage of the ongoing political campaigns ahead of the August 12 general elections.

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Political Aspirants in Zambia Need to Address Debt Crisis in Campaigns: Jesuit Scholars

As campaigns for the August 12 general election kickoff in Zambia, political aspirants in the Southern African nation have been called upon to inform the electorate on how they will address the country’s debt crisis should they be elected.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Congo Brazzaville / Courtesy Photo

Bishops in Congo Brazzaville Express “serious reservations” about March Elections

Catholic Bishops in the Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville) have, in a collective statement, expressed “serious reservations” about the presidential election slated for March 21.

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast with administrative authorities during the official ceremony of their 117th plenary Assembly. / Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI)

Amid Search for Peace “we must not give in to discouragement”: Bishops in Ivory Coast

Against the backdrop of a socio-political tension in Ivory Coast, Catholic Bishops in the country are urging the people of God to not give up in the search of the much-needed peace.

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) with Constitutional Court confirmed President Faustin Archange Touadera. /

Bishops in CAR Appeal for “sincere, fraternal, constructive dialogue” amid Election Crisis

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a message addressed to the people of God in the country, appealed for a “sincere and frank, fraternal and constructive dialogue” in resolving the current crisis following the December 27 general elections.

MINUSCA peacekeepers securing the Headquarter of the National Elections Authority, the Central African institution in charge of the organization of the 2020-2021 elections. / MINUSCA

Pope Francis Calls for “fraternal, respectful dialogue” in CAR amid Disputed Election

Pope Francis has called on the warring parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) to seek a “fraternal” and “respectful dialogue” to resolve disputes arising from the disputed December 27 general elections.

13 Issues of Concern Bishops in Uganda Want “addressed urgently” Ahead of Elections

Ahead of general elections in Uganda slated for January 14, Catholic Bishops in the country have, in their latest Pastoral Letter, highlighted 13 issues that “could taint the credibility of the electoral process and outcome of the polls if not addressed urgently.”

“Exercise restraint, avoid all forms of violence”, Bishops in Ghana Appeal amid Unrest

Following days of post-election unrest in some parts of Ghana, members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) have called on the leadership of political parties and their supporters to restrain from all forms of violence. 

Ahead of General Elections in Ghana, Bishops Appeal for Peace in Advent Message

Ahead of Ghana’s general elections scheduled for December 7, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have, in their Advent message, appealed to Ghanaians to maintain peace during the electioneering period.

Some members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) at the end of the closing Mass of their Annual Plenary Assembly in the Diocese of Keta–Akatsi. / Facebook Page Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC).

Seven Issues of Concern Bishops in Ghana Want Addressed for National Transformation

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have, in a collective statement at the end of their Annual Plenary Assembly, outlined seven issues affecting the West African nation, which they want addressed in view of achieving national transformation.

From left to right: Fr. Charles Onen, Mr Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukumoi, Ms Nancy Atimango and Mr Andrew Ogwetta Otto in the race for Gulu East MP seat. /

Ugandan Cleric Not “allowed to exercise priestly ministry” after Joining Active Politics

A member of the Clergy of Uganda’s Gulu Archdiocese has been suspended from exercising his priestly ministry following his decision to join active politics even after his Local Ordinary “tried very much to dissuade him from taking such a step.”

Tanzania is expected to hold General Election on October 28 to elect the President, Members of Parliament and councillors. /

Tanzanian Prelate Cautions Clerics against Partiality in Ongoing Political Campaigns

A Bishop in Tanzania has cautioned Clerics in the East African country against partiality in the ongoing political campaigns ahead of the general elections slated to take place October 28.

Voter Education Outreach Program in Uganda. / Electoral Commission of Uganda

Interreligious Body in Uganda among Dozens of Entities Accredited for Voter Education

The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) is among 46 civil society organizations (CSOs) accredited by the country’s electoral body to carry out voter education ahead of the general elections scheduled to take place in February 2021.

Headquarters of the National Election Authority in Central African Republic. /

With “many weapons in circulation,” Bishops in CAR Concerned about Insecurity Before Polls

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a Pastoral Letter, expressed their concerns about insecurity amid armed civilians as eligible citizens of the Central African nation prepare to take part in the general elections slated to take place December 27.

Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana. / Caritas Ghana

Caritas Ghana Leads Interfaith Initiative to Fight Vigilantism ahead of General Elections

In preparation for the 2020 General Elections in Ghana, Caritas Ghana has embarked on the process of bringing Faith-Based Organizations together to help avert violence and vigilantism before, during and after the planned December elections.

Members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA) in consultation before a meeting with President Faustin-Archange Touadéra. /

Why Bishops in CAR are Concerned about December General Elections

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, at the end of their weeklong Ordinary Plenary Assembly, expressed their concerns about the general elections slated to take place December 27.

Bishops in Burundi with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit in Rome in 2018. /

Bishops in Burundi Denounce Recent General Elections, Highlight “many irregularities”

Members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi (CECAB) have denounced the recent general elections in their country alleging “many irregularities”, which they say put to question the outcome of the poll announced Monday, May 25.

Worshippers during a past event at Namugongo shrine in uganda /

Christian Leaders in Uganda Call for Prayers Ahead of 2021 General Elections

A call for unity, peace and consistent prayers was the major highlight of this year’s national prayer day that was celebrated at the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Namugongo Sunday, February 23.

Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) /

Challenges of Migrants among Issues Addressed in Ghana Bishops’ Christmas Message

As the world prepares to celebrate the mystery of the incarnation, God becoming man, and the events that followed thereafter, Bishops in the West African nation of Ghana have, in their Christmas message, used the example of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt to seek refuge to highlight the challenges migrants go through and termed as “unchristian and unacceptable any acts of discrimination, stereotyping and physical attacks” against those seeking refuge.