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Ahead of the commencement of campaigns, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has cautioned politicians against the use of masquerades, religious centres and public facilities for campaigns.
The electoral body warned political office seekers to conform to the provisions of the Electoral Act to avoid being sanctioned as stipulated by the Act.
Campaigns are scheduled to commence on September 28 for presidential and National Assembly ahead of the general election in February 2023.
This was disclosed by the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Committee on Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, in an interview with Punch.
Okoye said, “Section 92 of the Electoral Act makes it mandatory that a political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.
“Therefore, abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or insinuations or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns.
“Subsection 3 states that places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions; or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates or their programmes or ideologies.
“Masqueraders shall not be employed or used by any political party, aspirant or candidate during political campaigns or for any other political purpose.”