Written by MENYAHEL TESHOME
Addis Ababa, February 16, 2013: The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Patriarch Electoral Committee announced that voters nomination for the 6th Ethiopian patriarch candidates concluded yesterday.
Committee head Jimma Diocese Archbishop His Grace Abune Estifanos told journalists yesterday that following the official message provided for voters to nominate their candidates until February 15, 2013, most voters: archbishops, representatives of ancient monasteries, dioceses, the faithful, Sunday Schools and the clergy have nominated their candidates in a secret ballot. Abune Estifanos further indicated that having the appointed candidates from the voters,the committee will present the final candidates to the Holy Synod.
“Our responsibility will be presenting those candidates after thorough discussion. The Synod will make the final decision. According to the schedule, starting from today ,we will continue our discussion until February 21 to present the candidates,” said His Grace Abune Estifanos.
The election would be conducted in the presence of delegations from Oriental Churches, the World Council of Churches, the All-African Council of Churches, the elderly and government representatives as observer.
Source: Ethiopian Press Agency/ The Ethiopian Herald February 16 2013 05:48:50 GMT