The Kwara State chapter of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to sanction erring party and aspirants that flout its election campaigns rules and guidelines.
INEC in a statement sent to Pilot Politics in Ilorin and signed by the Commission’s Administrative Secretary, Paul Atser, reiterated that campaign this time around contravenes section 99(1) of the 2010 electoral act as amended which provide 90 days before polling day for the commencement of campaign.
Titled “Emergence of campaigns posters, bill boards and campaigns on electronic”, INEC advised political parties and their aspirants to desist forthwith from the act adding that “it can attract sanction”.
The statement reads:
“The attention of the Kwara INEC has been drawn to the emergence of campaign bill boards, posters and campaigns on the electronic media by aspirants and political parties now which is ill-timed
“It must be pointed out that with the release of the timetable and schedule of activities for 2019 general election, there is timeline for every activity leading to the election and this should be strictly followed.
“Campaign in any form at this point in time contravenes section 99(1) of the 2010 electoral act (as amended) which provides 90 days before polling day for the commencement of campaigns in public by every political party.
“Political parties and their aspirants are therefore advised to desist forthwith from this act which can attract sanction.
“Meanwhile, eligible electorate should seize the opportunity provided by INEC to register and collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) at all local government INEC offices and other designated centers”.