After casting his vote in Chile’s presidential elections, the president of the country’s bishops’ conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic, reminded Chileans they must work together to serve the common good of the country.
Speaking on Chilean radio, the bishop expressed his hope that once the results of the election are determined, both the winning and losing candidates must "be humble" and "become servants of all."
The prelate added that a characteristic of democracy is the opportunity "for citizens to express their will by freely electing their leaders." Those elected, he continued, "become servants, while those who lose in the elections continue to have a voice and rights."
Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz of Santiago noted that elections are "an act of trust on the part of those who can vote, and it is important to make use of this right."
He also urged the winners not to gloat over their victories and asked that the losers to continue collaborating with their ideas for the good of the country.