INEC: Candidates who campaign in churches, mosques risk jail term

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned candidates from all political parties not to respect the rules of the Electoral Act governing the conduct of campaigns.

In order to avoid the sanctions mentioned in the Electoral Law, the Commission called on the parties to strictly comply with its requirements.

This is happening exactly one month before the start of the presidential campaign and the election campaign for the National Assembly.

Remember that the commission has set September 28 as the opening date for the presidential and National Assembly campaigns and that the election will be held on February 25, 2023.

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Committee on Voter Information and Education, cited Section 92 of the Electoral Act 2022 to explain to journalists that the Act envisages that political campaigns shall be civil and not exploitable.

The commission also reminded parties and their candidates that it is against the law to use masquerade masks, public spaces or places of worship for political campaigns and that violators may face sanctions, including prison terms.

This is a change from earlier election campaigns where some political parties often resorted to various theatrics such as the use of masquerading makeup artists to charm the crowd during their rallies.

Some even go so far as to covertly campaign in places of worship such as mosques and churches in an attempt to win over both worshipers and government employees.

However, referring to the section’s guidelines, Okoye said: “Section 92 of the Electoral Act mandates that a political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with crude language that may directly or indirectly hurt religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional sentiments.

Therefore, it is prohibited to use or use coarse, intemperate, defamatory or indecent language, innuendo or innuendo in political campaigns if it is intended to incite violence or is likely to incite violence.

According to subsection 3, places reserved for religious worship, police stations and government buildings cannot be used for political demonstrations, processions or for the support, propaganda or criticism of political parties, candidates or their policies.

“During political campaigns or for any other political purpose, camouflage masks shall not be employed or used by any political party, candidate or candidate.”

Imprisonment possible: Okoye stressed the importance of obeying the law, pointing out that the Electoral Act already provided for penalties for violations, stressing that all parties and candidates should prioritize obeying the law.

According to § 92 of the Act and § 7 letter a) letter b) and Section 8 “A political party, candidate or candidate who contravenes any of the provisions of Section 92 of the Act commits an offense and is liable on conviction in the case of an aspirant or candidate to a fine not exceeding N1,000,000 or imprisonment for a term of 12 months; and in the case of a political party, to a fine of N2,000,000 in the first instance and N1,000,000 for any subsequent offence.

“Any person or group of persons who aids or abets a political party, aspirant or candidate to organize or equip any person or group for the purpose of enabling them to use or display physical force shall be guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to a fine of N500,000 or imprisonment for a term of three years, or both. According to a report by Nigeria Online Newsdesk.

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