The voting process for the 118th Pope of the See of Alexandria involves two steps:
1) Thanks be to God, the first step of reducing the list of nominees to 5 names has been completed. The names are listed below:
- Fr. Bakhomios al Souriany
- Bishop Tawadrous
- Bishop Raphael
- Fr. Raphael Ava Mina
- Fr. Seraphim al Souriany
2) Election Day
The election date will be on October 29, 2012.
Voters within Egypt
All voters within Egypt will be voting in person on the tentative election day which will be announced soon.
Voters Outside Egypt
According to the 1957 by-laws, voters outside of Egypt have two options for voting:
- Travel to Egypt and vote in person for voting on the tentative election day
- Go to your local Egyptian Embassy or Consulate to get a letter of power of attorney for the person who will be voting in Egypt instead of you. This person will take this letter and will vote in person instead of you.
Process of the Ballot
The ballot will contain the final list of the 5 nominees. The voter will vote by scratching out with a pen all names in which he/she does not vote for. There can only be a maximum of 3 unscratched names, otherwise the ballot will be rejected.
As we go through this historical event, the presence and guidance of our Lord is vital. Thus the Church will be fasting 3 first degree fast (similar to the Wednesday and Friday fasts). Please note, the fasting dates prior to the election day (which will be on October 29, 2012) will be on 22, 23 and 24th of October and the fasting dates prior Altar Lot (which will be on November 4th, 2012) will be on Oct.31st, November 1st and 2nd, 2012.
We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ guide us through this process and help us to choose a good shepherd for His church according to His will.