The Nigeria Catholic Bishops as release its take on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continuous voters registration exercise. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on thursday reached out to the electoral body to quickly address the challenges surrounding the programme in the country.
A report by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) emphazise that CBCN issued a communiqué at the Closing Mass of the 2018 First Plenary, on Thursday in Abuja signed by Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, urging INEC to stop the alleged registration of the underage voters; advising the electoral body to deceased from such act and sanctity the registration process, particularly as Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections.
The Catholic bishops vehemently expressed dissatisfaction with the report that an alleged inadequate provision of registration facilities by INEC deprived many eligible people of their right to register for voting.
They however urged all Nigerians, especially Christians, to register so as to be able to democratically vote and choose their leaders in free and fair elections.
The statement encouraged Nigerians, particularly Christians, not to be discouraged by the difficulties but participate in the voter registration exercise to enable partake in the forthcoming general elections.
The Catholic bishops reminded Christians that they would not be able to participate in the process of selecting credible leaders except they were armed with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC). “This process begins with the registration of voters, an exercise that is ongoing nationwide.
“Reports reaching us from all over the nation indicate that in many places facilities for registration are not available, thus depriving many people of the right to register for voting.
“It is quite unfortunate that our young people allow themselves to be used as cannon fodder in electoral malpractices,’’ the bishops’ said.