Commission working on capacity building towards this end
A National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mohammad Wali, said on Thursday that the commission would strictly monitor the campaign expenditure and finances of all political parties during the 2015 general elections.
He said in Abuja that the commission was determined to sanitise the electoral process and checkmate politicians who spend huge amount of money on political campaigns.
Mr. Wali said it was unfortunate that politicians always exceeded the limits of the amount each candidate should spend during campaigns.
He added that tracking of campaign finances, in the past, had not been easy as the country lacked the mechanism for it.
“Spending is done in secret as people give donations without proper records, but as we approach 2015, we are determined to monitor the campaign expenditure of candidates and put it under check,” he said.
The commissioner disclosed that a unit had been established in the commission towards this end.
“We are working with our international partners for capacity building on finance tracking,” he added.
He said there were penalties against overshooting the ceiling as provided by the law and anybody caught violating it would be prosecuted.
Another National Commissioner, Lai Olurode, in a separate interview, noted that some political parties had gone ahead to commence their campaigns ahead of the 2015 elections, despite INEC’s current ban on electoral campaigns.
“It is so unfortunate that the commission does not have the power of arrest, because it is a criminal offence and it is only the police that has the right to arrest,” he said.
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