With general elections in Myanmar less than a fortnight away, the nation’s leading Catholic Church prelate is urging his countrymen to choose candidates and parties that promote a culture of democracy, human rights and reconciliation, UCA News reported on 27 September.
In a written appeal addressed to "all Myanmar people,” Cardinal Charles Bo said citizens need to make the forthcoming election on 8 November a true exercise of democracy, which he described as "a long and arduous journey."
"Voting is a fundamental right in a democracy. Please fulfil your sacred duty in this election. Please go to the booth. Vote for the right candidates of your choice," the cardinal, Archbishop of Yangon urged in his appeal released on Sept. 24. "The election is a great window of opportunity for this nation,” he said, adding, "peace and prosperity are the fruits of a free and fair election."
In the appeal, Cardinal Bo offers 10 guidelines on what they should look out for in worthy candidates. These include the ability to work with "different ethnic groups and religions" and safeguarding the country's nature and natural resources against foreign powers.