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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.
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Soon, on 21st of April, 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 Ridvan. It might therefore be worthwhile to refresh our understanding on Bahai 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 Bahai Elections. 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 Bahai Administration
- Function and Purpose of National Conventions
- Purpose of Consultations at National Conventions
- The Institution of the National Spiritual Assembly
- Bahai Elections
- Nature of Bahai 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
If this proves to be too much, try this Bahai Elections – A Pocket Compilation. Finally, if you are elected to serve the Local or National Spiritual Assembly, it might be worthwhile to read about the Duties of Officers of an Assembly.
Many paragraphs of the 28th of December letter from the Universal House of Justice deals with what the Institutions of the Faith will need to learn and develop over the coming five years. The letter addresses both the appointed and the elected arm. Furthermore, quite many paragraphs deals with what the members of the Institutions need to focus on. You might find it useful, in particular if you are serving on an Institution, to see what lies ahead the coming five years for each Institution. As a study aid to the letter, here is a compilation that focuses on what is written about each Institution. I hope it will be useful. Here is the compilation The Institutions of the Faith in 28th December Letter