Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would be holding monthly meetings with the leadership of registered political parties ahead of next year’s general election.
According to the commission, the development follows adoption of the proposal by the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, that as the 2015 elections drew closer, there was a need to have the meetings in order to afford INEAC a better opportunity to deliberate and resolve all matters arising related to the preparations for the poll.
Jega, who was addressing the third quarterly meeting of INEC and the political parties, noted that the quarterly meetings had helped improve communication between the commission and the registered political parties, as well as enhance mutual trust and confidence.
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He urged all political parties to commit themselves to lawful and peaceful electioneering leading to the 2015 general elections.
He stressed that the commission and political parties must continue to work assiduously together to make the elections free, fair and credible, and to deepen democracy in Nigeria.
Chairman of the Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC), Yunusa Tanko, urged the commission to stop the escalation of illegal third party election campaigns.
He alleged that a number of political parties had started illegal campaigns using rallies, processions, fund raising activities and public advertisement on land, air and waterways.
Tanko also alleged that such parties were using public places to display posters, billboards and handbills to canvass for certain candidates before the 90 days window to the general elections as provided by law.
He called on INEC to “wake up to its responsibilities” and put an immediate end to third party campaigning.
– CAJ News