INEC bans political campaigns in Ekiti

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Ado-Ekiti – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti on Thursday banned political  campaigns  by parties and their aspirants ahead of the proposed governorship election this year.

The News Agency of Nigeria  (NAN) reports that the  Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alhaji Halilu Pai,  announced this at a news conference held at the headquarters of the commission in  Ado-Ekiti.

The commissioner said that campaigns by  aspirants and their parties were  illegal.

He urged security agents to remove   campaign billboards and posters  while jingles placed on radio and television stations be stopped.

Halilu said the commission was compelled to evolve these  measures  in the face of  the crisis arising from allegations and counter-allegations over  defacement of  billboards and  posters.

“Let me warn that display of billboards, posters canvassing for votes in an election whose actual date is yet to be fixed are contrary  to the  provisions  of the electoral law.

“Such displays under whatever guise and through whatever medium is hereby declared illegal as they have already contravened the  provisions of the law,’’ he  said.

He gave an assurance  of the commission’s readiness to conduct a free, fair and credible poll, adding that  stakeholders must cooperate  it.

Halilu said the commission would soon announce the actual date of the election, number of political parties that would participate as well as  commencement date of campaigns.

He said arrangements were on to ensure that all those who had either lost their cards or had attained the voting age of 18 were not disenfranchised.

The commissioner also said  INEC was working on the creation of additional polling units in the state  so as to reduce  cases of congestion  during elections. (NAN)

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