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INEC urges political parties to avoid slanderous language

 

Ahead of the commencement of political campaigns on Wednesday, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, has urged registered political parties to be mindful of languages used during their campaigns, especially against their oppositions.

This is as he advised the parties to critically study the provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Act, the Police Act and the Public Order Act for the proper and peaceful conduct of political campaigns, rallies and processions.

Yakubu stated this on Monday in his remarks at a two-day Capacity Building Workshop for INEC Press Corps on Critical issues in the Electoral Act, 2022 and the Commission’s Processes, Innovations, and Preparations for the 2023 General Elections.

INEC in line with the guideline for the 2023 general elections is expected to lift the ban on political campaigns on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

The Commission had released the final list of candidates standing nominated for National Elections (Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, Senatorial and House of Representative Candidates).

Speaking at the workshop, the Chairman who was represented by the National Commissioner, INEC, Festus Okoye, noted that campaigns should be geared towards delivering what the politicians would do when voted in and not to spite the opposition parties.

He said, “We urge all the 18 registered political parties to critically study and pay attention to the provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Act, the Police Act and the Public Order Act for the proper and peaceful conduct of political campaigns, rallies and processions. A political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.

“Abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns. Let me also remind the media of their constitutional and legal obligations.”

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