The Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, described the delay by President Muhammadu Buhari in signing into law the amended Electoral Act by the national assembly as worrisome.
While addressing newsmen in owerri, the Head, Justice, Development Peace and Caritas Commission, JDPC, Reverend Father Gerald Njoku said that the church is committed to free and fair election in the country.
According to him, “JDPC, is an organ of the church that relates with the society, especially in the areas of good governance advocacy, entrepreneurship development, medical outreaches, skill acquisition, education sponsorship, legal and humanitarian interventions.”
The JDPC head expressed worry over the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari in withholding assent to the amended electoral bill.
“The position of the church before this latest development is that the signing and implementation of the amended bill will sufficiently improve our electoral process and guarantee elections that will be acceptable to majority of the stakeholders. One can therefore imagine the disappointment that greeted the non signing of the bill,” he noted.
Furthermore, he said: “The church overtime has been known to be procursor to good governance as well as protecting and speaking for the voiceless.”
“In playing this role, the church has often been misunderstood and sometimes maligned. It is our determination to state here that the church though not insulated from mistakes, will continue to advocate for justice and good governance”.
Disclosing the activities for 2019, JDPC, said: “The commission will hold a sensitization and voter education road show along the streets of Owerri on Wednesday 12th December, 2018.”