The Spiritual Assembly
- What is it? What does it do?

Bahá'í administration is divided into two arms: 1) Elected, 2) Appointed
A Spiritual Assembly belongs to the elected arm of the Bahá'í Administrative Order.
In any location where there are nine or more registered adult Bahá'ís residing, a Spiritual Assembly is formed. If the number exceeds nine the Assembly membership of nine is determined by election. Elections are held annually. Those eligible for election are adult Bahá'ís (ie. 21 years old or over) in good standing.
The role of a Spiritual Assembly is to administer the affairs of the Bahá'í Faith in its area of jurisdiction. Duties include:
A local Spiritual Assembly can, and usually does, appoint committees to assist it with its duties.
Members of a National Spiritual Assembly meet in Haifa, Israel once every five years to elect the nine members of the Universal House of Justice, the supreme governing body of the Bahá'í Faith.
Principles of Bahá'í Elections
Bahá'í elections at all levels have no process of nomination and no electioneering. All eligible Bahá'ís can vote and can be voted for. The criteria which Bahá'ís use in determining their choice were laid out by the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith Shoghi Effendi:
" consider without the least trace of passion and prejudice, and irrespective of any material consideration, the names of only those who can best combine the necessary qualities of unquestioned loyalty, of selfless devotion, of a well-trained mind, of recognized ability and mature experience."
(Bahá'í Administration, page 88)