General Elections

Archbishop Inácio Lucas (Left) and Archbishop João Carlos Hatoa Nunes (Right). Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique Call for Transparency in Voter Registration

Apr 4, 2024

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have called for transparency and integrity in the ongoing voter registration process in the Southern African nation.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

“Having sleepless nights”: Archbishop in Sierra Leone Concerned about Empty Confessionals

Feb 27, 2024

The Archbishop of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has raised concern about the people’s growing lack of interest in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in his Metropolitan See, saying that the trend is giving him sleepless nights.

Members of the Ghana Conference of Catholic Bishops (GCBC). Credit: GCBC

Ghana’s Eligible Christians “should actively participate” in Dec. Polls: Catholic Bishops

Feb 15, 2024

Christian voters in Ghana must be prepared to take part in the country’s general elections scheduled for later this year, members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) have said. 

Postponing Polls Threat to Senegal’s “enviable democratic credentials”: Catholic Entity

Feb 8, 2024

The decision to postpone of the presidential elections in Senegal threatens the West African country’s democratic reputation, the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) has said.

Members of the National Laity Council (CNL) in Senegal. Credit: CNL

Catholic Laity in Senegal in “total disagreement” with Postponing General Elections

Feb 6, 2024

Members of the National Laity Council (CNL) in Senegal do not approve of the decision to postpone the general elections that were previously scheduled to take place on February 25.

“Baffled by what's going on”: Archbishop in Senegal on Postponing General Elections

Feb 5, 2024

The decision to postpone the general elections in Senegal, previously scheduled to take place on February 25, is difficult to comprehend, Archbishop Benjamin Ndiaye of the country’s Dakar Archdiocese has said. 

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) with President Félix Tshisekedi. Credit: Presidency of the Republic of DRC

“Our country is in danger, build a new Congo”: Catholic Bishops to Newly Elected Leaders

Jan 20, 2024

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) have called on new leaders elected following the 20 December 2023 general elections to “build a new Congo”, noting that the country is already riddled with many challenges.

Credit: Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI)

Fraud, Violence Undermined Voter Confidence: Bishops in DR Congo on General Elections

Jan 19, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have identified fraud and violence as incidents that undermined voter confidence in the country’s 20 December 2023 general elections.

Bishop François Abeli Muhoya Mutchapa of Kindu Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Radio Okapi

Let’s “go massively to the polling stations”: Catholic Bishop in DR Congo ahead of Polls

Dec 18, 2023

Bishop François Abeli Muhoya Mutchapa of Kindu Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is calling for active participation in the Central African nation’s general elections scheduled for December 20.

Bishop Donatien Bafuidinsoni of DR Congo's Inongo Diocese. Credit: CENCO

Vote in “new leaders” for DR Congo’s “better future”: Catholic Bishop to Electorate

Dec 17, 2023

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) needs a new crop of political leaders, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said ahead of the general elections scheduled for December 20.

Fr. Claude Mbokani. Credit; Radio Moto

Political Campaigns “not a time to enrich the population”: Catholic Priest in DR Congo

Dec 8, 2023

A Catholic Priest ministering in the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cautioned the electorate against seeking to enrich themselves by accepting gifts from politicians during the electioneering period.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

“Vote according to your conscience”: Congolese Cardinal ahead of General Elections

Nov 28, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has urged eligible voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to vote according to their conscience and to elect leaders of good moral character in the country’s general elections slated for December 20.

A poster encouraging Liberians to vote on October 10. Credit: Liberia Decides

Catholic Lawyers in Liberia Caution against Voter Apathy, Say Voting is “a civic duty”

Oct 8, 2023

Members of the Catholic Lawyers Association of Liberia (CLAL) are cautioning against voter apathy, and urging eligible voters in the West African nation to participate in the October 10 polls as “a civic duty” provided for in the country’s constitution. 

Credit: Liberia Decides/Facebook

Liberia’s Catholic Youth Leaders Urged to Help Foster Peace ahead of General Elections

Sep 21, 2023

The President of the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Assembly (AYA) in Liberia is calling on young people to help foster peace during the country’s electioneering period.

Credit: Zimbabwe Electoral Commission

Zimbabwe’s Church Leaders Offer to Mediate Election-related Disputes for Peace

Aug 30, 2023

Christian leaders in Zimbabwe have offered to mediate disputes arising from the just concluded general elections to help maintain peace in the Southern African nation. 

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL). Credit: CABICOL

“Civility should be the order of the day”: Catholic Bishops in Liberia on Ongoing Campaign

Aug 27, 2023

Members of the  Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL) are advocating for civility as politicians engage in campaigns ahead of the October 10 general elections.

Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro reading the message of members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC). Credit: Archdiocese of Harare

“Go and vote peacefully”: Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe to Electorate

Aug 23, 2023

Members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) are urging the electorate in the Southern African nation to “vote peacefully” in the country’s On Wednesday, August 23 general elections.

Credit: Zimbabwe Electoral Commission

Presidential Contest “should not divide us as a nation”: Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe

Jul 10, 2023

Members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) are cautioning the people of God in the Southern African nation against allowing the presidential context to cause divisions among them.

Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Caritas Official in Sierra Leone Calls for Calm amid Chaos, “confusion”, after Tense Polls

Jun 27, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has urged voters in the just concluded general elections in the West African country to maintain patience and calm as they “wait for the final verified results”.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

Prioritize Candidates’ “competence, moral integrity”: Bishops in DR Congo to Electorate

Jun 25, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are calling on the country’s electorate to prioritize the “competence and moral integrity” of political candidates they are to elect during the December general elections.