Deepening on Baha’i Elections – Day 4 of 5

A Deepening given in Hawaii to great success!
The deepening is used to prepare voters for unit conventions and to prepare voters for Assembly elections. 
This can also be found in Ruhi Book 8.2, Section 12 & 13. Download Deepening Here: PDF    DOCX

The exercises below will help you think through the ideas presented in the above passages. We
hope that you will not be content simply to complete each one but will discuss them fully with
the members of your study group. In many cases you will find the answers obvious. But
remember that the purpose of the exercises is not to test your understanding of the Bahá’í
electoral process but to provide you with the opportunity to reflect on its nature and the
principles involved.

1. Answer the following questions:

a. Is it appropriate for the believers to discuss the requirements and qualifications for
membership in the institution to be elected? ___________________________

b. If the believers discuss among themselves the requirements and qualifications for
membership, is it acceptable for them to mention specific names of individuals that they
feel are suitable for service? ___________________________

c. If the believers discuss the requirements and qualifications for membership, is it alright
for them to allude to individuals that they feel would be suitable for service, without
mentioning any names specifically? ___________________________

d. If the believers discuss the requirements and qualifications for membership, is it alright
for them to mention specific people as examples of the qualities under discussion? _____

e. Is it alright to discuss the performance of the current members of an Assembly? ______

f. In the exchange of views before an election, is it alright for the believers to discuss
deficiencies noted in the functioning of an Assembly? ___________________________

g. Is it alright to consider oneself suitable for service on an Assembly? ________________

h. If one feels one is suited for service on an Assembly, is it alright to bring to the attention
of others one’s qualifications and experience, without actually asking them to vote for
oneself? ___________________________

i. If one has personal or professional commitments that would make it difficult to serve on
an Assembly, is it acceptable to bring this to the attention of others before an election? __

j. If one knows something about a believer that would affect his or her suitability for
service on an Assembly, does one have the responsibility to make this known to other
voters? ___________________________

k. Is it alright for the believers to discuss for whom they voted after the election? _______

l. If one does not feel there are any individuals in the community that one knows well
enough, should one not participate in the election? ___________________________

m. If one does not feel that one is familiar enough with other members of the community,
should one try to figure out for whom others are voting and follow their example? _____

n. If one does not feel familiar enough with the other members of the community, should
one rely upon prayer at the time of the election and do one’s best to choose from among
the names that come to mind? ___________________________

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