The decision to have the majority of polling booths at church buildings was divine. That’s because it contributed largely to absence of violence and unruly behaviour in most villages.
While the country voted, pastors of different churches did their part. They prayed and their presence at the voting places helped with security.
One of them was Reverend Tupea of the Methodist Church at Salani, Falealili.
“We need leaders who love the Lord because that’s the only key for blessings,” he said. “No matter how smart a person thinks he/she is, they need God in their lives. “When they (leaders) love the Lord, they’ll understand how to love the families, villages and the whole country.
“My prayer is that this nation will vote for leaders who love God. The highest hope is that our country will have a peaceful election.” Rev. Feata Perelini of the Congregational Christian Church at Lotofaga Safata said the church’s role is to pray. “It’s a peaceful day,” he said. “I believe that’s because our country and different churches have been praying about this.
“I hope this will continue until we finalise the election results in the next few days.
“We need to stand together and continue (praying).”