The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has charged politicians, parties and the electorates to abide by the regulations guiding election campaigns as the commission would not condone any act of violence or hooliganism as the Presidential and National Assembly campaigns kick-off today.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ebonyi, Mr Joseph Chukwu gave the charge when he met with chairmen and leaders of parties in Abakaliki.
The official warned candidates and parties against using foul language, adding that they must adhere to financing regulations and limits.
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Chukwu clarified that Governorship and State Houses of Assembly campaigns would commence on October 12.
The REC advised political platforms and their flagbearers to strictly adhere to part 5, section 92 of the 2022 Electoral Act.
The law forbids campaigns/slogans tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly, or likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.
There must be no abusive, slanderous or base language, insinuations, or innuendoes likely to provoke violent reactions or emotions, also, masquerades shall not be employed or used by any political party, aspirant or candidate during political campaigns.
Religious places, police stations and public offices shall not be used for campaigns, rallies, or to attack parties, candidates, their programmes and ideologies.
Chukwu told the parties to caution their members, standard bearers and followers against activities that may instigate violence.
The INEC official stated that the commission would sanction parties that contravened any section of the Electoral Act