All contestants for various elective positions ahead of the 2023 general elections from Enugu North senatorial district will, from 3rd December, 2023, engage in town-hall meetings to discuss their manifestoes and interact with electorate first-hand.
It is an initiative of the Political Enlightenment Department of the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Enugu State.
A breakdown of the programmes, obtained by Adadareporters.com, shows that the town-hall meeting for the House of Assembly and House of Representatives contestants for Udenu LGA holds on Saturday (Eke), 3rd December 2022 at St Jacob’s, Orba. That of Igboeze South LGA holds on Thursday (Eke), 15th December at St Mary’s, Ibagwa-Aka, while 12th January, 2023 will be the turn of Isi-Uzo LGA at St Theresa’s, Ikem.
Saturday (Afor), 14th January, is designated to contestants of Igboeze North LGA, and holds at St Mary’s, Ogrute, while contestants in Nsukka LGA will have the floor on Thursday (Nkwo), 19th January at St Theresa’s Cathedral, Nsukka.
Saturday (Orie), 21st January 2023, will be the turn of Igbo-Etiti LGA, and holds at St Gregory, Aku, while the train moves to Uzo-Uwani on Saturday (Eke), 28th January 2023, and holds at Sacred Heart, Nkpologu.
Our correspodent gathered that the meeting involving candidates for Senate and governorship holds on Saturday (Nkwo), 4th February, at St Theresa’s Cathedral, Nsukka.
According to information obtained from Rev Fr Dr Matthew Ezea, coordinator, Nsukka Diocese, JDPC, and Rev Fr Dr Emeka Ngwoke, head of the public elightenment unit of JDPC, ‘about 18 speakers/contestants per local government area are expected to feature’.
It was further gathered that each speaker will be given about seven minutes to present their blueprints, and three to address questions if any.
“For senatorial and gubernatorial contestants, 10 minutes will be allowed for presentations each, and five minutes to address questions if any.
“Three hours is the total package, and 11am is the ideal take-off time,” our correspodent gathered.
JDPC is a structural response to the Second Vatican Council Appealing for the church’s involvement in the affairs and development of the society.
It is geared toward a positive change in the human condition, such as poverty, religious bigotry, election malpractices, diseases and injustice.