Bahrain officials warn against using pulpits to promote candidates

Committee overseeing election says sanctity and status of religious pulpits must be preserved
Bahrain officials warn against using pulpits to promote candidates
Bahrain Shura Council and House of Representatives in Manama. (MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)
By Neil Halligan
Tue 14 Oct 2014 01:58 PM

Authorities in Bahrain overseeing the upcoming parliamentary elections have warned that houses of worship must not be used to support certain candidates over others or serve political interests, according to Gulf Daily News.

The High Elections Committee and judges of the supervisory committee in charge of overseeing elections have also said that sermons should be monitored to ensure that voters are not influenced and that the sanctity and status of religious pulpits is preserved.

The committee members and judges met this week, and expressed satisfaction at the organisation of the elections.

They said non-governmental organisations should assist in maintaining fair, transparent and free election for all by keeping religious platforms free of electoral use.

Bahraini people will take to the polls on November 22 for the first time since anti-government protests rocked the Sunni-ruled kingdom in 2011. A possible second round will take place on November 29. Candidate nominations will be accepted from tomorrow until Sunday.

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