- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned politicians to halt campaigning for the 2019 general elections
- The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated that the ban on campaigns had not yet been lifted and anyone who goes about campaigning is carrying out an illegal activity
- The Electoral Act states that the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, politicians have been warned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to desist from campaigning, as the ban on campaigns has not yet been lifted, Vanguard reports.
The warning was issued by the commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during a quarterly consultative meeting with newsmen.
He stated: “Let me warn political parties and aspirants, we have not released the schedule of activities for the elections.
“Anything that anybody does is illegal before the law. They should wait for the time table of the elections.”
NAIJ.com notes that Section 99 of the Electoral Act 201 (as amended), states: “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.”
Upon conviction, anyone found guilty of contravening the law would be liable to a maximum fine of N500,000.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the 2019 presidential campaign posters of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, have flooded some parts of Zaria, Kaduna state.
The Ekiti state governor had earlier launched his presidential campaign on Facebook.
Last week, Fayose officially declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election. In an elaborate ceremony at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, on Thursday, September 28, the governor said his decision to contest the election is borne put of his love for Nigeria.
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