By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia â€” AHEAD 2011 elections, Abia State chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has said it would work to ensure there was free and fair elections in the state.
Abia CAN said it would achieve this through a body known as Abia State Free and Fair Election Committee, AFFEC, which it formed in collaboration with Ohanaeze Ndigbo, civil society groups in Abia, NGOs and other non-partisan groups.
The group said it would create an enabling environment for any candidate to participate in 2011 elections in the state.
Speaking shortly after the inauguration of the new executive committee of Abia State CAN, the new chairman of the chapter, Rev. Goddy Okafor, also called on Governor Theodore Orji to appoint an adviser on religious matters to ensure that state religious activities were handled by CAN members.
He regretted that in the past, people who were not CAN members hijacked these activities and portrayed CAN as irrelevant before the government.
The new CAN Chairman said if the proposal to appoint an adviser on religion is acceptable to the Governor, the association was prepared to assist him in the selection of the right candidate for the position.