Administration and Elections

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The overriding goal of the Baha'i Faith is to promote the unity of humanity, at the community level as well as globally.  The Baha'i election process is designed to build unity at the community level while not inhibiting the electorate from exercising free choice.  There are no nominations or attempts to persuade individuals to either vote for or to not vote for anyone.
On the evening of April 20 or the day of April 21, the Baha'is all over the world gather in a spirit of prayer and contemplation to elect 9 members to their Local Spiritual Assemblies.  Each adult is to vote for those 9 people residing in the community whom he or she feels best meets the qualifications for office.  The nine individuals receiving the largest number of votes are elected to serve on the Local Spiritual Assembly for the next year.