Friday, February 08, 2013

EOC patriarchate sets February 28 for patriarchal election

(Feb 07, 2012, The Ethiopian Herald)--The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Patriarchate Head Office Electoral Committee announced yesterday that the 6th Patriarchal election would be conducted February 28,2013.

Briefing journalists at the patriarchate yesterday, the Committee Head and Jimma Diocese Archbishop Abune Estifanos said that among all potential candidates, only five would be selected to run for the 6th Patriarchal election.Abune Estifanos added that the winner would be made official at 6 pm the same day. The enthronement would be held March 3,2013 at the Holly Trinity Cathedral.

Abune Estifanos further indicated that the 800 voters who participate in the election would be drawn from archbishops, representatives of ancient monasteries and 53 dioceses as well as the faithful, Sunday schools and the clergy.

Delegations from Oriental Orthodox Churches, the World Council of Churches, the elderly, among others, would observe the election. Voters cast their ballots in person to the candidate of their choice. Those residing abroad can nominate candidates by fax 011-1567711 and 011-1580540 February 8 -15, 2013.

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