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No room for politics

Nasik Swami
Saturday, February 22, 2014

METHODIST Church ministers who want to enter party politics will have to resign from their positions.

That is the message from church communications secretary Reverend James Bhagwan who said the church's draft constitution being developed doesn't allow such practice.

"In terms of standing in elections, the understanding is that we (ministers) are not to get involved in party politics," Mr Bhagwan said.

"If any minister wants to join a political party and stand under the party's banner, they will have to resign from their appointment."

He said the church would also continue to encourage people to exercise their democratic rights.

"It's been a while since we have been able to vote — when we do have election, people should exercise good judgement, vote for responsible leaders who have integrity and good character."

Mr Bhagwan said the church would provide pastoral care and advice to those ministers who would enter politics.

"The church continues to be an important part of the society so its important we work together with the society."