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INEC orders removal of campaign billboards in Nasarawa

16 May 2014, 18:01

Lafia -  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed politicians in Nasarawa State to remove their campaign billboards for the 2015 general election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Ahmed Makama, gave the order on Thursday at a stakeholders' forum in Lafia.

He said the electoral law stipulated that campaign should not commence before 90 days to the date of an election.

"At the moment, the streets across the entire state are already filled with billboards of political gladiators seeking elective positions in 2015.

"This unwholesome attitude by politicians in this state is against the rule of the game and should be discontinued.

"Instead of campaign now, politicians should be consulting privately with their constituents ahead of the 90 days allowed prior to election.”

Makama disclosed that the commission would soon commence the issuance of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in 1,495 polling units in the state.

According to him, voters will be required to present their temporary voter cards in exchange for the permanent one, adding that the cards will also not be issued by proxy.

He said that those who had lost their temporary voter cards must produced an affidavit before they could be issued with  new cards.

Makama said the commission would soon embark on continuous voters registration for those who had turn 18 years after the last voters registration exercise.

He explained that the continuous voter registration would be done at the ward levels instead of the polling units and urged political parties to educate their members appropriately.

In a remark, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Idris Ibrahim, advised the political parties to comply with the INEC's directives.

"The police will henceforth arrest and prosecute anyone found erecting billboards with regards to the 2015 general election in violation of the electoral law,’’ Ibrahim said.

He urged politicians to play by the rule in order not to further aggravate the security challenges in the country.

-  NAN

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