2011: No voter’s card, no sacrament -Catholic diocese

The Catholic Diocese of Nsukka in Enugu State has threatened that failure to register during the forthcoming voter registration, defaulting members might not be allowed to take the Holy Sacrament.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed the commencement of voter registration for January 2011.

The Secretary to Bishop of the diocese, Rev. Fr. Collinus Obe, announced the decision in Nsukka during the maiden Christmas Nine Lessons and Carol organised by St. Theresa’s Cathedral Choir.

According to him, the measure was to encourage members to participate in the forthcoming voter registration.

“The diocese implemented this order in 2003 as well as in 2007 general elections.

“The Church supports and preaches that members should carry out their civic responsibilities.

“It is when one has voter’s card that he or she can vote a candidate of his or her choice,” he said

Obe said that the objective of carol of nine lessons was to remind Christians of what the celebration of Christmas was all about.

“Christians are expected to use the period of Christmas to move closer to God and express love to their neighbours.

“The birth of Christ is important in the life of every Christian because without Jesus Christ there would have been nothing like Christianity,” he said.

In his own remark, the Chairman on the occasion, Mr Tony Ugwu, thanked the church for organising the carol, which he said, would help people to understand the meaning of Christmas celebration.

“Occasions like this help to draw people closer to God as well as improve their relationship with fellow human beings,” he said.

Ugwu, the Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area, thanked the church for the support and encouragement to his administration in moving the council forward.

Source: Tribune

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