Tuesday cautioned politicians and political parties against “inappropriate” campaigning for electoral support ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The electoral body further described such action as illegal, says Vanguard Newspaper.
The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known during a quarterly consultative meeting with the media held at the commission’s secretariat in Abuja.
“Let me warn political parties and aspirants. We have not released the schedule of activities for the elections. Anything that anybody does is illegal before the law. They should wait for the time table of the elections”, he cautioned.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State had last Thursday declared his intention to run for the nation’s presidency in 2019 – an action some INEC officials said was not in contravention of any known law.
Section 99 of the Electoral Act 201 (as amended), states that, “For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day”.
Such a person is liable, upon conviction to a maximum fine of N500, 000.
Speaking on the budget for the 2019 general elections, the INEC chairman said though the commission could not immediately place a figure on the budget, but it was already working on it.
“As you are aware, we have concluded the strategic plan. We are now working on the Election Project Plan. Once we conclude the Election Project Plan, a number of things would follow among which is the election budget for the 2019 general elections which would be released next week. We are unable to give you a figure for now”, he said.