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INEC reverses self, okays resumption of campaigns

By Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA: The Independent National Electoral Commission lNEC has reversed its earlier decision banning further political campaigns ahead of this weekend’s rescheduled General Election.

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The commission had met on Monday and reviewed its preparations for the 2019 General Elections re-scheduled for Saturday 23rd February 2019 for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections and Saturday, 9th March 2019 for Governorship, State Assembly and Federal Capital Territory FCT Area Council Elections.

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC said last night that, “in the meantime, after consultations with political parties, the Commission has approved that campaigns by parties and candidates can resume forthwith to end by midnight of Thursday, 21st February 2019”.

According to him, the Commission has also worked out in detail, concrete steps to be taken to ensure that election materials arrive at the polling units in good time for prompt commencement of the polls on Saturday, 23rd February 2019, saying “an update will be provided by the Commission at a press conference on Tuesday, 19th February at the Abuja lnternational Conference Centre by 3pm”.

INEC was specific in saying that, “media organizations are at liberty to accept, publish, broadcast and circulate campaign materials up till midnight of Thursday 21st February 2019. Political Parties and their candidates are enjoined to abide by the extant laws governing campaigns.

 

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