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INEC lists guidelines for conduct of rallies

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The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has revealed pointers for the conduct of political rallies and campaigns in addition to election bills of events, candidates and aspirants.

The rules had been conveyed in an announcement launched by Festus Okoye, INEC’s spokesperson on Thursday, November 24. 

These embrace the quantity a person can donate for campaigns, notifying the police, complying with laws issued by the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) in addition to COVID-19 security protocols.

“Political events should problem in writing a discover to the Commissioner of Police of the State or the Federal Capital Territory indicating the precise venue and time of the rally or procession and pledging peaceable conduct and management in opposition to violence or public nuisance.

“Political Events shall transmit to the Fee, via the Electoral Officer on the Native Authorities Space and the Resident Electoral Commissioner on the State, by way of a delegated portal and in addition in laborious copy, particulars of the schedule of their political rallies and processions at the very least 10 days to the date of the political rally or procession. The discover shall be collectively signed by the Nationwide Chairman and Nationwide Secretary of the Political Social gathering.

“Political Events shall undergo the Fee, in smooth copy via a delegated portal and in laborious copy, notification of the schedule of their campaigns, stating the date, time, venue, agenda and listing of members of the Organising Committee and Police approval throughout the jurisdiction of the campaigns, inside a minimal interval not later than 10 days to the graduation of their campaigns.

“The utmost amount of cash or different property that a person, a bunch of people or an entity can donate to a political get together or aspirant for an election shall be N50,000,000. A Political Social gathering shall not settle for any financial or different contribution which is greater than N50,000,000 besides it identifies and discloses the supply of the contribution to the Fee,” the rule reads.

“Each Political Social gathering that participated in an election shall undergo the portal designated by the Fee an audited report of its election bills inside six months after an election. The reporting interval shall start 360 days to, and together with, the Election day.

“Each Political Social gathering sponsoring the election of a candidate shall undergo the portal designated by the Fee a report of the contributions made to it by people and entities inside three months after the announcement of the outcomes of an election. The report shall point out the names, addresses, occupation of donor(s) and the quantity.”

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