- Nigeria's electoral body, INEC, has issued a new guideline restricting political parties and their candidates from some activities
- The new guideline warned political parties and candidates not to stage rallies in public institutions and worship centres
- INEC also stipulated that candidates and political parties must not take donations above N50million
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FCT, Abuja - Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned candidates that political rallies cannot hold in religious worship areas and public institutions.
Similarly, N50 million has been fixed as the maximum donation from an individual, organization or other entity to a candidate.
This was according to a statement issued by INEC in Abuja through its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
Going by this new guidelines, presidential candidates like Atiku Abubakar, Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi will be under the close watch of the commission.
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As reported by Daily Nigerian, Okoye revealed that deliberations were held concerning the latest guideline.
He said the commission duly approved the new guideline, which contained issues on rallies, processions and campaigns.
Okoye revealed that all details as regards the latest guideline had been uploaded on the commission’s official website, and copies would be made available to political parties, civil society groups, the media and other stakeholders.
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Okoye revealed that the commission would act in accordance with the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended) on the guideline for donations to political parties.
As reported by Vanguard, candidates were urged to stay within the limit for their campaign as stipulated in the statutory provision of the electoral Act.
“The election expenses of a Political Party shall be in three parts; for the management of Aspirants and Party Primaries; for management of Candidates and conduct of elections; and, for miscellaneous election expenses.”
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Meanwhile, electorates for the forthcoming general elections have been told not to fret and that their vote will count.
Dr Mutiu Agboke, the Osun state resident electoral commissioner (REC) of INEC, made this known recently at a workshop.
He revealed that introducing technology like the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) would play an essential role in the election.