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INEC Okays Campaigns By Parties



Festus Okoye

Following consultations among its top officials, the Independent National Electoral Commission lNEC, on Monday reversed its earlier ban on further campaigns ahead of this weekend’s rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections.

National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Festus Okoye, speaking on Monday night at the end of the meetings said “after consultations with political parties, the Commission has approved that campaigns by parties and candidates can resume forthwith to end by midnight of Thursday, 21st February 2019”.

“Media organizations are at liberty to accept, publish, broadcast and circulate campaign materials up till midnight of Thursday 21st February 2019. Political Parties and their candidates are enjoined to abide by the extant laws governing campaigns. 

“The Commission wishes to thank all Nigerians for their understanding regarding the rescheduling of the elections. We appeal to stakeholders to be dispassionate and circumspect In their comments. The Commission is focusing on the elections to be held on 23rd February and 9th March to ensure that they are free, fair and credible. We urge all Nigerians to participate fully in the elections notwithstanding the disappointment”, INEC added.

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