.- The Bishopsâ Conference of Nicaragua has published a statement in light of the upcoming local elections warning the citizens of âshadowsâ falling upon the society and also encouraging Catholics to responsibly participate in public life.
In their statement, the bishops acknowledge the âclear indifferenceâ of voters demonstrated by the lack of interest in the elections. The prelates lamented the âlow level of ethics in public discourse, which has become deceitful, full of insults and discrediting of oneâs opponent to the point of calumny.â
âThese shadows demand an explanation from us and we want to offer our reflection on history from the standpoint of believers,â the bishops said. âWe call for openness to sincere dialogue that has, as its shared objective, the confrontation of the crisis that is hurting us more than others,â they added.
The bishops called on citizens âto persist with their vote,â even though âthere can sometimes be doubts about the transparency of the electoral process.â Therefore, they continued, âwe appeal to the sense of responsibility of the laity to be present in public life.â
âParticipation in elections is not only a right that we as Nicaraguan citizens have, it is also an obligation to our local community and the nation,â the bishops stated. âNot to vote is to already elect someone; it is conforming one's self with those who are opposed to us. To evade the responsibility of voting is to renounce the possibility of participating in the development of our local municipalities,â the bishops said.