MONROVIA: The Bishop of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECC), Abraham Powell, has warned church leaders against politicizing the ongoing Biometric Voters Registration (BVR) process launched by the National Elections Commission (NEC).
He also cautioned Church leaders to refrain from using their individual pupils to incite people against the ongoing BVR exercise.
He stressed that such behaviors would spark violence and reverse democratic gains made by the Liberian Nation since the end of its bloody armed conflict that spanned a decade.
Bishop Powell made the call in an interview with Journalists at his ECC Headquarters in the Township of Gardnersville, outside Monrovia, on March 19, 2023.
He spoke with journalists during program marking the observance of the Church’s Seven Anniversary.
He pointed that rather than using their pupils to politicize the ongoing the BVR process, they (Church Leaders) must encourage their various congregations to turnout in their numbers to register for the 2023 presidential and legislative elections.
He indicated that if Christians and other religious groups in Liberia are encouraged to participate in the BVR process, it will put them in a position to be able to vote in the October 10, 2023 legislative and Presidential elections for any candidate of their choice.
The ECC Bishop pointed out that Liberia is steadily marching towards consolidation of its hard-won peace and democracy and that nothing should be done by anyone or group to undermine the Nation’s progress.
Committing on the ECC Anniversary, Bishop lauded members of the ECC for their continue support and cooperation and promised to ensure that the Church’s (ECC) soul-winning activities are expended to other parts of the country and beyond.
He said currently the ECC is constructing vocational and Technical Institution in the country to enable students, meanly high school graduates, who are desirous of acquiring some vocational and technical skills would enroll in the best interest of themselves, families and the larger society.
Bishop Powell, said even though this venture is expensive, the ECC is undertaking this initiative because, over the years, it observed that more students who graduate from high school who do not have the resources to seek higher education that would enable them contribute effectively so societal development.
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