Wednesday, 4 October 2017

POLITICS Fayose’s presidential campaign is Illegal – INEC

The Independent national electoral commission(INEC) has stated that any political campaign being launched at this period of time ahead of the 2019 general elections was ‘Illegal’.

Chairman of the electoral body, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu warned politicians and political parties to desist from campaigning ahead of the 2019 elections as the ban on campaigns still remained in effect.

He stated this at the quarterly consultative meeting with the Media in Abuja on Tuesday. Quoting him;

“We want to draw the attention of political parties and candidates that are already going round the country campaigning for 2019 that INEC, the only agency responsible for the release of timetable and schedule of activities, hasn’t done so. And anything that anybody does is illegal under the law. We should wait for the timetable for the campaign. The release of timetable does not mean the commencement of campaign.”

It will be recalled that the governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Peter Fayose, last Thursday, launched his presidential campaign contrary to Section 99 of the Electoral act 201 as amended.

The sections says;

“For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day.”

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