AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - Many do not feel represented by any party, but the Church calls for responsible voting

Monday, 19 February 2018 social situation   local churches   elections  

Arzobispado de San Salvador

San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - "We are discussing the right not to vote, in a democratic country, because this is also an expression of discontent. It seems that even the annulment of the vote is a right, it is not that I am in favor of this. I am in favor of voting with responsibility", said Mgr. José Luis Escobar Alas, Archbishop of San Salvador, yesterday, during the usual press conference after Sunday Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral, referring to the elections to be held in the country on 4 March, when the population will be called to the polls to elect its mayors and deputies.
Noting that the Church's position is to promote citizen participation in elections and encourage responsible voting, the Archbishop added: "If someone invites to cancel the vote, not to vote or not to go to the polls, this is in freedom of all". Unfortunately, he continued, "there are many Salvadoran citizens who do not feel represented by any of the parties"..."but we, as a Church, have asked people to vote responsibly to choose those who have the best proposal", said the prelate.
Mgr. Escobar Alas also referred to the activities that will take place in the various dioceses of the country on the occasion of the pilgrimage of the Symbols of World Youth Day, which will be held in Panama from 22 to 27 January 2019, inviting all young people to participate in these activities and to "live Lent as a favorable time for conversion and sanctification, through prayer, the practice of justice and charity". (LG) (Agenzia Fides, 19/02/2018)