With the newly-signed Electoral Act and a revitalised Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), votes achieve greater impact in the 2023 general election, the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) has said.
The Plateau Chapter of the association stated this on Sunday while advising eligible voters among the Christian folk to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to participate in the 2023 general elections.
Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo, the Chairman of the association in the state, gave the advice at the 2022 Lenten Campaign Launch of the Catholic Diocese of Pankshin in Kabwir, Kanke Local Government Area of the state
The campaign had the theme: “Participation of Catholics in politics: A panacea for good governance, peace and national development.”
According to the chairman, PVCs remain the only tool Christians can use to elect credible leaders come 2023.
He advised Christians to participate in the election process, adding that INEC had improved on the electoral process while rigging and other malpractices had reduced.
“With the new electoral Act, a lot of things will change about our electoral process; INEC has also stepped up its game.
“This simply means that the era where people feel their votes don’t count is over.
“So, Christians, particularly those who have attained the age of 18 should go and obtain their voter cards to enable them participate fully in the 2023 general elections.
“Your voter card is your power. It will enable you vote credible and good leaders that will move the nation forward,” he said.
Lubo also called on Christians, currently occupying public offices, to lead according to God’s will and desist from acts that would tarnish the image of the church.