|El Salvador||ARCHBISHOP SAYS VOTING CHRISTIAN DUTY|
Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador called Salvadoran Catholics to participate in legislative elections as a sign of "Christian responsibility."
Archbishop Saenz said participation in the elections that will choose 84 congressmen, 262 town mayors, and 20 representatives for the Central American country's parliament on March 12 "is a concrete way to influence in the future of the country and to have a say in the political organization."
The archbishop's call came as several polling agencies show a surprisingly low level of interest by voters in the elections. "A good Catholic is always a good citizen, and participating in the elections in our country, urgently in need of consolidating its democracy, is one of the main duties a citizen has," said the archbishop.
He also said: "If we do not exercise our right to choose, we undermine our right to demand accountability from our political leaders."
The two main political parties running, the ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance and the former rebel Farabundo Marti Liberation Front, are technically tied.