General Elections

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

Protracted Violence, Emergence of New Militia among DR Congo Catholic Bishops’ Concerns

Jun 24, 2023

Persistent violence in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the emergence of new groups of militia are key concerns of Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation. 

Caritas Freetown Executive Director Fr. Peter Konteh makes a presentation during the training organized for violence incidence monitors and reporters ahead of Sierra Leone's Saturday, June 24vGeneral elections. Credit: Caritas Freetown Media team

Sierra Leonean Caritas, Regional Peace Entity Partner to Train Violence Incidence Monitors

Jun 23, 2023

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas Freetown have completed a training aimed at enhancing capacity to monitor and report violence before, during and after the Saturday, June 24 elections in Sierra Leone.

Caritas Freetown Executive Director Fr. Peter Konteh presents the Sierra Leone Election Pledge. Credit: Caritas Freetown Media team

Catholic Entity Appeals for Calm in Sierra Leone as Violence Rocks Days to Polls

Jun 22, 2023

The development arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone, Caritas Freetown, has appealed for calm amid reported incidents of violence across the West African nation that is preparing for its fifth presidential elections since the end of a brutal 11-year civil war that ended in 2002.

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

Catholic Archbishop’s Plea ahead of General Elections in Sierra Leone

Jun 22, 2023

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has appealed to the citizens of the West African nation to maintain peace as the country prepares for the Saturday, June 24 general elections.

Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Official Urges “meaningful participation” of Youth in Sierra Leonean Politics

May 25, 2023

Concerted efforts need to be made for the youth in Sierra Leone, especially women, to have a “meaningful participation” in politics and peacebuilding initiatives in the West African nation, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in the country has said.

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL). Credit: The Calabash Newspaper/Facebook

“Early warning signs of election violence”: Sierra Leone’s Religious Leaders ahead of Poll

Apr 24, 2023

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) have observed with concern the rising cases of ethnic-based campaigns, and unrest, among other occurrences that the faith-based leaders are terming “early warning signs of conflict and election violence” as the country’s poll date approaches.

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Caritas Freetown Lauds Launch of Peace Commission ahead of Elections in Sierra Leone

Apr 23, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown has lauded the launch of the Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion, noting that the body will promote stability in Sierra Leone as the country approaches its general elections scheduled for June 24.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of Sierra Leone's Freetown Archdiocese. Credit:

Preserve Dignity of Sierra Leone through June Polls: Catholic Archbishop to Electorate

Mar 27, 2023

Sierra Leoneans have the opportunity to make their country a better place by electing good leaders on June 24, the Archbishop of Freetown has said.

“A sacred moment of synodality”: Catholic Bishops on 2023 Elections in Zimbabwe

Feb 23, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe have, in their 2023 Lenten Pastoral letter, invited the people of God in the Southern African nation to discernment about the direction the country has to take ahead of the general elections scheduled to take place in July this year. 

Participants at the AGIAMONDO workshop that brought together peace workers in Sierra Leone

Caritas Freetown Gears Up for Sierra Leonean Polls in Initiative for Peace Workers

Nov 6, 2022

The Justice and Peace arm of Caritas Freetown has joined organizations working to ensure that the June 2023 elections in Sierra Leone are free of chaos.

Participants at the AGIAMONDO workshop that brought together peace workers in Sierra Leone

Catholic Peace Entity in Sierra Leone Concerned about “fragile” Security ahead of Polls

Nov 6, 2022

The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of Caritas Freetown has expressed concern over a rise in crime and violence in Sierra Leone as the country approaches general elections slated for June 2023.

Le père Celestino Epalanga, secrétaire exécutif de la Commission catholique pour la justice et la paix (CCJP) en Angola et à São Tomé. Crédit : Vatican Media

Elections in Angola Peaceful Despite “a few glitches”: Catholic Entity Official

Aug 25, 2022

The Executive Secretary of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST) has said that Angola's fifth general elections conducted on Wednesday, August 24 went on peacefully despite “a few glitches”.

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Nigeria’s Church Leaders Reject “Christian/Christian, Muslim/Muslim ticket” for Presidency

Jun 13, 2022

Representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria have expressed their opposition to political parties in the West African nation nominating presidential candidates and their respective running mates from the same religious denomination. 

Winnie Muthiga, board member of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) and Organizing Secretary of the Catholic Women Association (CWA) in Kenya

Post-election “cycle of violence” Tendencies in Kenya Worrying, Catholic Women Leader Says

May 16, 2022

A Kenyan board member of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) has expressed concern about the recurrence of post-election violence in Kenya. 

Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of Kisumu Archdiocese in Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Archbishop in Kenya Urges Youth to “refuse incitement” Ahead of General Elections

Apr 10, 2022

The Archbishop of Kisumu Archdiocese in Kenya has urged the young people in the East African country to shun inciting statements and to do everything within their power to ensure peaceful elections scheduled for August 9 are realized.

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Catholic Archbishops in Kenya Underscore Need for Peaceful, Just and Honest Elections

Feb 22, 2022

Three Catholic Archbishops in Kenya have, in separate interviews with ACI Africa, called on the people of God in the East African nation to work toward peaceful, just and honest general elections scheduled to take place on August 9.

Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Christian Leaders in Nigeria’s Lagos State Encourage Voter Registration Ahead of 2023 Poll

Feb 15, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Lagos State under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are encouraging eligible voters to register massively for general elections scheduled for 2023.

Some members of the Bishops Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST). Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Catholic Bishops in Angola Appeal for "transparency, honesty" in Election Preparations

Feb 3, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Angola are appealing for truth, justice and transparency in the organization of the general elections scheduled for August this year.

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“Catholic Church does not play partisan politics”: Nigerian Priest Ahead of Elections

Jan 31, 2022

The leadership of the Catholic Church “does not play partisan politics”, a Nigerian Priest has sought to clarify ahead of his country’s general elections scheduled to take place next year. 

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Politicians Back with Promises ahead of General Elections in Liberia, Catholic Priest Says

Jan 11, 2022

Those participating in electoral campaigns in Liberia ahead of the country’s national elections next year have come back to the people with promises despite poor living conditions in the West African nation, a Priest in Liberia’s Catholic Diocese of Gbarnga has said.