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Improve on March 18 elections, Catholic priest tells INEC 

INEC was asked to “upload the results from the polling units to the portal in real time to reduce the experience of last Presidential and national assembly elections.”

• March 17, 2023
From Ward 1 unit 4 Owa Alero, voters are lined up listening to voting code of conduct. Okowa yet to arrive

Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve on the conduct of the March 18 governorship and state assembly elections.

Mr Ugorji, who doubles as the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, also appealed to security agencies to ensure adequate security during Saturday’s elections.

The CBCN president spoke at the installation and Canonical Erection of Bishop Dennis Isiuzor as the Catholic Bishop of newly created Aguleri Catholic Diocese in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra on Friday.

Mr Ugorji said the Commission’s failure to upload the results in real time, created tension and affected the credibility of February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“I urge INEC to upload the results from the polling units to the portal in real time to reduce the experience of last Presidential and national assembly elections,” he said.

Mr Ugorji urged Nigerians to come out as they did before to cast their votes and make sure their votes counted during the Governorship and State Assembly elections.

Speaking during the Homily, Archbishop Guido Filipazzi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, said the new Diocese was significant as it was seated in one of the Parishes Blessed Michael Iwene Tansi worked as a Priest.

Also, Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State, who attended the occasion in his remark, noted that the day was remarkable as it coincidenced with his one year in office as governor.

“Today is unique in the sense that it marks my one year in office and it would go into history that during my one year in office Anambra had a new Diocese as well as a new Cardinal,” he said. 

“We have been able to make great  in road into the infrastructural development of Anambra state and we are still doing more in the area of restoring confidence in governance,” he said.


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