The National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared campaign open for the ensuing elections as of today, Monday, July 31, at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday, October 8 at 11:59 p.m. “During the campaign period,” NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said, “candidates are allowed to publish or display campaign literature, posters, flyers, banners, t-shirts, caps or other promotional items designed to support their election. “Both political parties and independent candidates are allowed to hold marches, parades, rallies or other assemblies for the purpose of soliciting voters and promoting their candidature by way of speeches, pictures, banners, placards, or any other printed materials. They can organize campaign committees, associations and movements to support their elections.”
Chairman Korkoya also warned political parties against the use of abusive and inciting speech on radio talk shows and at rallies and asked them to maintain the sanctity of the entire elections process. “The commission expects parties and candidates to conduct their campaign activities in a cordial and mature manner and to contribute to the conduct of a peaceful election,” he said.
He called on parties and candidates to take note and abide by the Ministry of Justice’s regulations on the organization of rallies and marches which are usually enforced by the police.