The elections of The Universal House of Justice

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There is little or nothing “spiritual” about Baha’i administration. It is simply a “modernist” facade on backwardness!

The Universal House of Justice is the head of Baha’i Faith. Its permanent seat is at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, and all members reside here for the duration of their service.

The regular election of the nine members of the House of Justice occurs every five years at an international convention, held in Haifa. The most recent election was in 2008.

Till date there have been 10 elections (‘63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03 and ’08) of UHJ. There have been five by-elections, in 1982, 1987, 2000, 2005 and 2010.

Amoz Gibson, Charles Wolcott and Adib Taherzadeh died while serving. The other 13 former members were allowed by the House to resign, presumably for personal reasons of health and/or age. Five members (Hakim, Kavelin, Hofman, Chance, Ruhe and Peter Khan) have died after their retirement, while the other eight former members are alive, as of August 2011.

The previous change in membership was when two other members chose to retire in 2007. There was no by-election since they stayed on until the regular election scheduled for April 2008. Since the House of Justice is elected every 5 years, it seems that Dunbar and Khan decided to leave ‘early’ rather than wait another few years until April 2013.

Hartmut Grossmann and Glenford E. Mitchell were replaced by Shahriar Razavi and Gustavo Correa – both members of the ITC (naturally).

THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT, THOUGH, IS THAT, “THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BODY HAS ONLY SEEN CHANGE DUE TO DEATH OR RETIREMENT: NO MEMBER HAS EVER BEEN ELECTED OFF THE UHJ.”
This clearly indicates that a SELECTION PROCESS is operating behind the scene. 

UHJ membership and International Teaching Centre

The most important trend is that we have, since 2008, a membership drawn completely from the ITC – which itself is appointed by the Universal House of Justice. So in essence, there is a closed loop with the UHJ appointing its future candidates. This also shows that ITC acts as screening committee for future UHJ members.

By having UHJ members constantly elected from the ITC, it is almost a type of silent campaigning going on. These individuals are given a visible role in front of NSAs whereas any normal Baha’i out there would never stand a chance to be known. This guarantees no fresh blood – new Baha’is who are outside of the loop of administration who could possibly bring in a different perspective. Hence you only get people who are inside the system who will perpetuate the same thought patterns. And you get these people because they are the only ones paraded in front of the NSAs!

These special group of people (ITC) are given a platform where they and only they are seen right there and then by a group of people who are about to vote. No other Baha’i, no matter how great his/her service, will ever have that same opportunity to be seen. This is done with a purpose. What happens is that the selection of a group of people that are called future members of House of Justice? This SELECTION PROCESS is called as DIVINELY ORDAINED ELECTION.

The members of the ITC are in fact given a geographic mandate, just like the UHJ members themselves, and travel extensively to meet with the NSA’s around the world. They also meet with other parts of the administration and the community at times to give speeches, attend events, etc.

Being on the ITC gives an unparalleled platform for visibility and access to NSAs – (Vote Bank!!). Appointment on ITC is also an indication to the electors that the House is keen in electing these people only.

The UHJ election process is obviously fixed. The ITC members are pre-screened for ideological purity and are then provided with unparalleled exposure which obviates the need for explicit campaigning.

UHJ membership and Iranians

Presented below is an interesting piece of statistic:

No.
Name
Years
Total years
Years of Iranians
Nationality
1
Charles Walcott
63-88
25
2
Amoz Gibson
63-83
20
3
Hushmand Fatheazam
63-03
40
40
Iranian
4
Hugh Chance
63-93
30
5
Borrah Kavelin
63-88
25
6
Ian Sample
63-08
45
7
Lutfullah Hakim
63-68
05
05
Iranian
8
David Hofman
63-88
25
9
Ali Nakhjawani
63-03
40
40
Iranian
10
David S. Ruhe
68-93
25
11
Glenford Mitchell
82-08
26
12
Adib Taherzadeh
88-03
15
15
Iranian
13
Hooper Dunbar
88-09
21
14
Peter Khan
87-09
21
15
Douglas Martin
93-99
06
16
Farzam Arbab
93-…
18
18
Iranian
17
Kiser Barnes
00-…
11
18
Harmut Grossman
03-08
05
19
Firayduon Javaheri
03-…
08
08
Iranian
20
Paul Lample
05-…
06
21
Payman Mohajer
05-…
06
06
Iranian
22
Shahriar Razavi
08-…
03
03
Iranian
23
Gustavo Correa
08-…
03
24
Mr. Stephen Birkland
10-…
01
25
Mr. Stephen Hall
10-…
01
TOTAL YEARS
431
135

ANALYSIS

Till today there are 25 members who have been elected on UHJ for different duration, out of which 8 members are of Iranian origin. This amounts to 31.5% which is reasonably very high for just one country. The Cradle of the Faith gets priority!!The present UHJ has 4 Iranian members and the percentage is 44%.

The total number of years of all the 25 members who have served on UHJ is 431 years out of which the 8 Iranian members share is 135 years which comes out to be again 31.3 %. Strange coincidence, isn’t it?

When comparison of Iranian Baha’i population with respect to World Baha’i population is done it is again found to be 30%, which puts everything in its proper perspective. (30,000 Iranian Baha’is against 100,000 total Baha’i populations.)

Till today there have been 26 members from International Teaching Centre, out of which 6 were Iranians. Percentage 23%.

If we take account of all the members of NSAs of the world, the percentage of Iranian Baha’is on the NSAs of different countries will be approximately 25% to 30%.

Even for the 85 continental board of Counselors appointed all over the world, the percentage of Iranian counselors will be near the same percentage.

CONCLUSION

This clearly shows that Baha’i Faith is Iranian dominated Faith where the citizens of other countries are enrolled to work under and for the Iranians.

Baha’i administration has a distinct Iranian culture of domination and tendencies toward predatory corporatism. It is deeply anti-democratic and anti-progressive.

In reality these Iranians, who rise to the top of Haifan Baha’i Administration are only proficient and successful at one thing: perpetuating dysfunctional organizational culture, lies and abuse of authority. For example, Mr. Payman Mohajer (of Iranian origin) has claimed that by 2021 there will be 50 million Baha’is all over the world. An extreme case of delusion.

There is little or nothing “spiritual” about Baha’i administration. It is simply a “modernist” facade on backwardness!

Source : TRB

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One thought on “The elections of The Universal House of Justice

  1. The Baha'i election process is fraudulent by design.
    Since prospective members are not allowed to “campaign,” then on what basis are they voted for? Only the most popular and well known individuals (all men) have any chance whatsoever to be elected. Name recognition is the sole criterion by which men can be elected. And then, once elected, they are utterly unaccountable, since all their official votes within the UHJ are kept secret. Thus, if you have a vote of 5-4 on a crucial decision, you are not permitted to know which five voted in the majority. And even if you would hope to unseat all nine members, then once again, only the name-recognition factor is at play, men who are already favored by the status quo.
    In such a system, real reform is impossible.
    Unaccountable governments are pre-programmed tyrannies.
    Tyrannies which view themselves as infallible are draconian tyrannies.

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