Ministers entitled to vote

Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma clergy members in attendance during the 2018 Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma AGM at the Centenary Church in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma says its church ministers have rights just like any other ordinary citizen who are entitled to vote or support any political party.

Secretary for communication and overseas mission, the Rev Wilfred Regunamada said all church ministers had been encouraged to vote because it was their responsibility as Christians.

“They are just another citizen who are entitled to vote or support any party that he or she believes, represents his political views and agenda just like anyone else,” he said. Mr Regunamada reminded people that church ministers have rights too.

“All ministers are encouraged to vote because it is our Christian responsibilities to be a participating citizen,” he said.

However, church president, the Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa had stated during the Bose Ko Viti a few months ago that church ministers intending to join a political party must resign from the church and leave the church premises.

If any church minister, Mr Regunamada said, was found secretly affiliated with a political party, the decision to expel him or her would be determined by the church

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