“Section 99(1) prohibits campaigns by political parties earlier than 90 days before polling day.”
Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned political parties and their applicants to stick to the electoral timetable on graduation of election campaigns; forward of the 2019 normal elections.
Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, passed down the caution in his opening remarks at a workshop for election execs from the Commonwealth Africa Region, which began in Abuja, the day gone by.
Yakubu additional reminded political parties and applicants that their emergence on the primaries didn’t imply an instantaneous graduation of campaigns, stressing: “Section 99(1) prohibits campaigns through political parties previous than 90 days before polling day.
“Therefore, going through the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued through the Commission, campaign for Presidential and National Assembly elections will begin on November 18. Campaign for governorship and Assembly elections start on December 1.
“I name upon political parties and applicants to strictly adhere to those dates.”
Yakubu additional mentioned that with the belief of primaries through political parties on Sunday, the following process is graduation of the method of nomination of applicants to the Commission.
He reminded political parties that the dates for the submission of listing of applicants (Form CFOO2) and their private details (Forms C1001) for presidential and National Assembly elections is from October 10 to October 18 and that the date for governorship and state Assembly elections remains October 22 and November 2. “The Commission will obtain the submission from political parties at Aso Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., day by day.
“Although we have now communicated those dates to all political parties, let me reiterate that there will likely be no extension of time.
“Similarly, in making submissions to the Commission, the covering letters, as well as the list of candidates must be duly signed by the National Chairmen and National Secretaries of political parties…”