INEC says politicians and political parties already campaigning ahead of the 2015 elections are heating up the polity.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has warned political parties against campaigning ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The electoral body, in a statement by its spokesperson, Kayode Idowu, on Sunday said it observed that some politicians and registered political parties have begun unbridled campaign towards the forthcoming general election, thereby heating up the polity.
“It is observed that campaign posters are being indiscriminately displayed, while electioneering broadcasts are being aired outside the statutory provision for campaigning towards elections into various elective offices,” Mr. Idowu said. “The trend is unhealthy and portends ill for the political process. Indeed, it is a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.”
The Commission reminded “all players of the provision of Section 99(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended), which states as follows:
“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, “Political parties are advised to note that campaigning outside this provision is a violation of the law, and the Commission will not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions against culprits as provided by relevant sections of the law”.
Meanwhile, INEC called on security agents to apprehend violators whose activities in this regard pose a threat to public order.
The commission enjoined all parties to play strictly by the rules, as part of a collective effort to ensure the success of the 2015 elections.