The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed to sanction any political that violates any part of the Electoral Act, saying that it has put equipment in movement to strictly monitor compliance by all events.
Talking in the course of the second Stakeholders Consultative assembly with the chairmen and secretaries of the 37 events taking part within the 2019 election in Ebonyi State on the fee’s pavilion in Abakaliki, the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Godswill Obioma, stated: “It’s our responsibility to advise all energetic gamers engaged or to be engaged on this section of electioneering course of to hold on with issue-based political campaigns.”
He warned that contestants and political events ought to keep away from marketing campaign of calumny, hate and divisiveness, stressing that every one method of hate speeches needs to be prevented as that would solely result in violence and undue heating up of the polity.
“We hereby draw your consideration to Sections 94 by means of 102 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and Article Three of the Political Events’ Code of Conduct 2013, that Political Events, their candidates, officers and brokers are anticipated to conduct their political campaigns throughout the ambit of the legislation,” he said.
Whereas urging the events to work in direction of making certain an surroundings conducive for profitable, peaceable, free and honest election campaigns, the REC reminded political events that to take all essential steps to coordinate their marketing campaign actions in such a way as to keep away from holding rallies, conferences, marches or demonstrations shut to 1 one other on the similar time.
He reiterated that it’s incumbent on leaders, their candidates and supporters to conduct themselves in an orderly method throughout political campaigns to make sure there isn’t a breakdown of legislation and order, earlier than, throughout and after political marketing campaign actions.
The commissioner declared: “Political events are suggested to keep away from violence-prone campaigns laced with hate tendencies, or able to fanning the embers of disunity, chaos, extremism and bigotry.
Political events are additionally warned to stick to laydown procedures, legal guidelines, guidelines, and laws guiding political campaigns, and likewise chorus from use of political thugs to disrupt marketing campaign programmes of vival political events.”
The fee pledged its dedication to observe political events to make sure that they don’t violate the provisions of the electoral legislation on its marketing campaign spending, stating that it could not hesitate to punish any breach.
“The monitoring train is geared in direction of getting ready reviews on the conduct of political events in the course of the campaigns, in addition to highlighting infractions towards the related statutory provisions of the legislation,” he said.
Expressing worries by the massive variety of unclaimed Everlasting Voter Playing cards within the state, the fee known as for partnership with political events in mobilizing the voters within the state to come back ahead and declare their PVCs of their varied wards and Registration Areas.
Whereas urging the Nationwide Orientation Company (NOA) to assist in mobilizing the individuals to assert their PVCs, the fee additional known as for partnership with political events to finish the ugly monster of vote-buying and promoting which it reiterated was a dreaded virus that critically corrupts the electoral course of.
“All fingers should be on deck to kill this menacing virus earlier than it destroys good governance, nationwide growth and high quality management, as willingly chosen by the residents amongst different world observe attributes that outline our nationwide ethos,” the REC said.