Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is ready to take necessary action against contraveners of regulations regarding the campaign rallies ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The electoral body said it would take action against such associations, corporate bodies, individuals, political parties, media or such communication agencies, social media, candidates/aspirants who contravene the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (As amended) and/or Electoral Act 2010 (As amended) on public campaign/rally and procession.
This was contained in statement signed by the Secretary to the Commission Augusta Ogakwu, who stressed that Section 99 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended) prohibited broadcast and political campaign earlier than ninety (90) days before polling day.
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The statement entitled: “Caution On Illegal Public Political Broadcast And Campaign” and addressed to all National Chairmen of registered political parties, corporate entities, associations and the general public, the commission said its attention had been drawn to the insistent illegal campaigns carried out by associations, Corporate entities, Individuals, Public and Private Media and other Communication Agencies in the country in contravention of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended) on limitation of political broadcasts.
INEC added that section 99 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended) reads, “For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day.”
INEC said relevant Extracts of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended) had since been reproduced and circulated by the Com-mission at public places, to media outfits, the Ministry of Information, National Orientation Agency (NOA), National Communication Commission (NCC) Head-quarters of Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC), Headquarters of State, FCT, Local Government Area offices of INEC and the Federal Ministry of Environment for their information and proper guidance.
– CAJ News