People boycott Lok Sabha,Vidhan Sabha and Municipal Corporation elections as they are disgusted with the system and do so as a sign of protest.
Unfortunately,people have now started boycotting parish council elections.
In a similar case parish council elections of St.Michaels Church Mahim were held in the latter half of 2010 by Fr.Salvadore Rodrigues who was assisted by Election Officer Mr.Conrad Saldanha.It was shocking that the elections were held during the mass and to top it all there was only one candidate who had submitted her election form and the normal procedure would have been to declare her elected but as mud had to be thrown in the eyes of the laity an election was held where only one candidates name was known and people were told during mass that they may vote for any person who they want.What a mockery of the mass . Such type of tendencies should be nipped in the bud otherwise the mass may also be used for other things in the future .
Below is the text of the letter sent to the Parish Priest by Judith Monteiro registering her protest and not voting as she believes justice has not been done to her
30th January, 2011
Dear Rev Fr Aniceto Pereira / PCEC
This is to put on record that “As a sign of Protest, I will not be casting my vote in the PPC Elections on Sun 30th Jan, 2011”.
In the interest of Justice & Fairplay as 2 Appeals relevant to the elections are pending Orders on the Charity Commissioner’s table, and in view of the Resignation of current PPC Member Mildred Murzello (also on BOM – whose reasons for resignation are not made public) request were made well in advance by concerned parties to all relevant authorities of the Church & Charity Commissioner’s office to STAY / DEFER the Elections until the said matters are decided, but were ignored.
Despite the matter being taken up & Advice from the Hon’ble Shri R R Patil who has forwarded the matter to the law & Judiciary Ministry, Justice has not been given, a sign of disrespect to the law & its ministers, hence I reiterate that based on the above – “As a sign of Protest, based on the above, in the interest of Justice & fairplay, I will not be casting my vote in the PPC Elections on Sun 30th Jan, 2011.
Yours in Justice & fairplay
Yours in Christ.
Ex-Elected PPC/BOM Member OLSC
Parishioner –OLSC . Constituency No 18