The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday cautioned politicians against campaigning for the 2015 presidential elections.
INEC spoke through the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu who said that such act was an unhealthy threat to Nigeria’s democracy.
He said campaign posters are being indiscriminately displayed, and election broadcasts being aired outside the statutory provision for campaigning towards elections into various elective offices.
“This trend is unhealthy and portends ill for the political process,” the statement said. “Indeed, it is a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.”
INEC reminded all players of the law, in terms of Section 99(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended), which 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.”
The spokesman cautioned political parties to note that campaigning outside the law was unacceptable, adding that the commission would not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions against culprits as provided by relevant sections of the law.