On the first day of Ridván, Local Spiritual Assemblies are elected or formed in many locations in every corner of our world. Furthermore, in almost all countries, National Conventions will be held between first and twelfth of Ridván. Out of convenience, the National Conventions are predominantly held at the weekends. As National Conventions will be held during this and the next weekend, it might be worthwhile to refresh our understanding on Bahá’í Elections and National Conventions.

A good start would be to re-read the Letter of Universal House of Justice dated 25 March 2007 on the sacredness and uniqueness of Bahá’í Elections.

Furthermore, the Universal House of Justice addressed the delegates gathered at National Bahai Conventions in their letter dated 2013-06-16 is also very good to read and reflect upon as preparation.

Next, it might be interesting to take a look at this Compilation on National Bahai Conventions that covers topics such as

  • Purpose of Conventions
    • Within the context of Bahá’í Administration
    • Function and Purpose of National Conventions
    • Consultation
    • Purpose of Consultations at National Conventions
  • The Institution of the National Spiritual Assembly
  • Bahá’í Elections
    • Nature of Bahá’í Elections
    • Preparation for Voting
    • Mindset when Voting
    • Qualifications of those to vote for
    • Changes in Membership
    • When it is difficult to find suitable candidates
    • Voting for oneself
  • The Role of Delegates
  • The Role of the National Spiritual Assembly

A shortened version, Bahai Elections – A Pocket Compilation is also available.

Finally, if you have been called upon to serve the Local or National Spiritual Assembly as a member, it might be worthwhile to read about the Duties of Officers of an Assembly.