ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER Free from any form of ecclesiasticism, having neither priesthood nor manmade ritual, and forbidding asceticism, monasticism, and mendicancy, the Baha'i Faith relies on a pattern of local, national, and international administration, created by Baha'u'llah, elaborated by Abdu'l-Baha, and implemented by Shoghi Effendi. There are currently approximately 20,000 local assemblies and over 145 National Assemblies throughout the world. The affairs of the local Baha'i community are administered by a nine-member local Spiritual Assembly elected annually. Nationally, a nine-member body is elected each year by delegates who have in turn been elected by Baha'is at the local level. The international governing body, the Universal House of Justice, is elected once every five years in Haifa, Israel at an international convention attended by members of the national assemblies. All Baha'i elections are by secret ballot, with no nominations or electioneering. In administering the affairs of the community, the institutions of the Baha'i Faith practice a form of consultation that involves full and frank discussion of issues under consideration. Matters are discussed with a desire to ascertain the facts and to come to a decision that is based on spiritual principles and is unencumbered by personal attachment to points of view. The Baha'i writings state: "The shining spark of truth comes forth only after the clash of differing opinions." While the goal of consultation is unanimous agreement upon a course of action, when unanimity cannot be reached, a vote is taken, and the decision of the majority prevails.