INEC also asked the media to fair and objective in their reportage of election activities.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Kayode Idowu, has cautioned politicians against early campaign to avoid overheating the polity.
Mr. Idowu made the call in an interview on Monday in Lagos.
He said that INEC had issued a timetable which clearly indicates the timeline for commencing campaign by political parties and candidates in the country.
He said the commission has repeatedly warned political players to always abide by the provision of the Electoral Act to ensure sanity in the political process.
“We have issued a timetable to indicate the timeline for campaign. INEC has also repeatedly warned politicians on the need to play politics by the rule”, Mr. Idowu said.
He said that though INEC was not a law enforcement or security agency, it is, however, in a position to ask law enforcement agencies to help in enforcing laws on electioneering campaign.
Mr. Idowu reiterated the determination of the commission to provide level playing ground to all political parties to ensure justice and fair play, with a view to enhancing citizens’ confidence in its activities.
He tasked the media to be factual and objective in their reportage, adding that the use of the media to perpetrate partisan manipulation could affect the success of the INEC.
“If politicians succeed in getting the whole of the media to report a perception over and over, then of course, it is going to rub up on the image of the political process.
He stressed the need for the media to have the capacity to independently interrogate the political process and be able to report on the basis of the interrogation.