A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission in Bauchi State has issued a stern warning to any political party using religion as part of their campaign, Vanguard reports.
The statement, made during an interactive session with stakeholders in local government, has warned parties that they will be issued with a N1 million or face a 12 month prison sentence should they use religion as a tactic during campaign season.
The warning comes hot on the heels of allegations made against politicians who allegedly threatened PDP supporters in Darazo Local Government, based on their choice of presidential candidate.
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According to Emmanuel Umenger, INEC Administrative Secretary in the State, electioneering campaigns based on religious sentiments provided grounds for political parties to be prosecuted.
In addition, INEC Commissioner Hamman Tukur Sa'ad condemned the threatening of electorates, saying any such activity should be reported to authorities immediately.
He warned against violent political tactics and urged local government to stay out of the way of electoral process.
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