This year, 2024, more than 4 billion people across 40 countries will be going to the polls, the biggest number ever.

As a church we are concerned to ensure the debate is fair, truthful, respectful and that people are not coerced into voting for a candidate or a cause they would not support if they had freedom to choose.

In the case of the UK’s election on 4th July, Church of England bishops have taken the initiative to launch a 21-day programme of prayers and reflections to focus on the quality of the campaign, starting 14th June.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York write: “In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray each day, ‘your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven’. This simple and profound prayer is our starting point during the days leading up to the General Election – and all the days beyond.”

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