Each National Spiritual Assembly should study and master the broad outlines of this system. All matters of detail should be decided by the National Assembly which would ensure that the friends are fully informed and thoroughly understand what they are expected to do. The help and advice of the Counsellors and their Auxiliary Board members and assistants could be sought in working out these details and in educating the friends. It may also be desirable for the National Assembly to appoint a special national committee to organize the elections and to oversee them through unit or sub-unit committees or representatives. Such matters of detail could include the following:
* The number of delegates to be allocated to each unit. Although one for each unit is preferable, this may not be practicable in certain instances, such as a unit which contains one or more very large local communities. In such cases it may be necessary to make the unit large enough to be the electoral base for two or possibly three delegates.
* The number and size of sub-units. These could be as many as there Local Spiritual Assemblies in a unit, the boundaries being so delineated as to include the surrounding isolated believers and Bahá’í groups. It may even be necessary in some remote areas to have sub-units in which there are no Local Spiritual Assemblies.
* The body to be responsible for organizing a unit convention or sub-unit meeting or for establishing and supervising a polling station. This could be a centrally located, firmly established Local Spiritual Assembly or a committee.
* The day or days on which the election should take place. Elections could be carried out in different sub-units on different days, extended over a reasonable period of time, if this is felt to be desirable.
* The manner in which ballots are to be cast, collected, counted, and consolidated with other ballots from the same unit.
* Procedures to be followed in consultation, if the procedure chosen allows for consultation.
* A method for monitoring the balloting to ensure that proper Bahá’í procedures are followed, that the ballots are safeguarded, and that a Bahá’í voter cannot cast more than one ballot.
* The procedure for holding a second ballot should there be a tie-vote for the delegate.
* The means for announcing to the friends in all units the names of their elected delegates.
It is the hope of the Universal House of Justice that the implementation of these instructions this year and thereafter will promote Bahá’í solidarity, broaden the basis of representation at the National Conventions and that thereby the work of the Faith in each country will be characterized by greater efficiency and enhanced harmony.