Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced a new schedule of activities following the recent adjustment of the 2015 elections timetable.
In a statement signed by the commission’s secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, the presidential and the National Assembly candidates would stop their campaigns on March 26 , two days before the elections.
According to INEC, the new campaign dateline goes in sync with the provisions of Section 99 (1) of the Electoral Act, which prohibits advertisements or broadcasts of campaigns 24 hours to the day of election.
Before INEC’s decision to shift the elections, the candidates would have ended their campaigns on February 12, more than four months after the official opening of presidential and National Assembly campaigns on November 12, 2014.
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Similarly, campaigns by governorship and state assemblies’ candidates will now end on April 9. The initial deadline for ending all campaigns by the candidates was March 26.
INEC explained further that in the event of a run-off, the election would be held within seven days from the day of announcement of the results as specified in the 1999 constitution.
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