INEC bars candidates from campaigning till Nov. 18

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered political parties and the candidates to play by the rules, saying there should be no public campaigning until November 18.

INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu gave this order on Monday, which is in line with the timelines given by the agency and the provisions of the Electoral Act.

According to Yakubu: “Section 99(1) prohibits campaigns by political parties earlier than 90 days before polling day.

“Therefore, going by the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the Commission, campaign for Presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on Nov. 18.

“Campaign for Governorship and State Assembly elections begins on Dec. 1.

“I call upon political parties and candidates to strictly adhere to these dates.”

The INEC boss reminded political parties and candidates that the end of primaries did not mean the immediate commencement of campaigns.

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