This video, produced by the Baha’i World News Service, describes the election process at the heart of the 12th International Baha’i Convention held in Haifa, Israel. In a rarefied and spiritual atmosphere, representatives of more than 160 national Baha’i communities cast their ballots for the election for the international governing body of the worldwide Baha’i community, the Universal House of Justice.
Following a selection of prayers, over 1,300 representatives from around the Baha’i world, one-by-one, filed across the stage at the Haifa International Convention Centre and placed their ballots reverently into a designated wooden box. Including absentee ballots, the total number of representatives participating in the election surpassed 1,500.
For more information on the 12th International Baha’i Convention, including photographs and news articles, visit the Baha’i World News Service: news.bahai.org
If you’d like to know more about the Universal House of Justice, here is its official website: universalhouseofjustice.bahai.org
If you’re curious about what the International Baha’i Convention is, or about the election of the Universal House of Justice, we wrote about it here on Baha’i Blog.
We’ve also written about the Baha’i electoral process which every adult Baha’i can participate in and which is distinctive for its lack of nominations and campaigning. The Baha’i Blog article is called “What Are the Ridvan Baha’i Elections?”
Lastly, if you’re curious about why these elections are held in Israel, you may wish to read our article “Why Is the Baha’i World Centre in Israel?”