As the campaigns for the general election draws nearer, the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has amplified the positions of the electoral act in respect of promoting candidates and political parties in churches and mosques.
Campaign, according to INEC’s time-table is scheduled for commencement on September 28 of which it is outlawed during the entire period to sell any candidate and party in worship centres.
The electoral umpire’s Chairman, Committee on Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye reiterated this in an interview with Punchng.com, quoting Section 92 of the electoral act, “Subsection 3 states that places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions; or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates or their programmes or ideologies.”
Continued, “Masqueraders shall not be employed or used by any political party, aspirant or candidate during political campaigns or for any other political purpose.”
He also spoke of the stand of the act on violation, which attracts various consequences from jail sentence to fines.