Avoid vulgar language, INEC urges candidates


The Independent National Electoral Commission in Gombe State has warned political parties and their candidates against using vulgar language that could threaten peace during election campaigns.

The State Commission’s Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Nuhu Ibrahim, gave the accusation in a statement Tuesday in Gombe.

He said the election campaign would start on Wednesday, September 28, in line with the electoral calendar, stressing the importance of political parties and their candidates respecting the rules to ensure peaceful and rancor-free campaigns.

“Political parties and candidates must ensure that campaigns are free from abusive language that could directly or indirectly hurt religious, ethnic, tribal or sectarian sentiments.

“Use of defamatory language likely to provoke violent reactions or emotions, attack on opposition parties/candidates or their programmes, employment and equipping of armed groups and violent activities of any kind during campaigns are prohibited,” he said.

The INEC official advised political parties and candidates to adhere to the campaign spending limits set out in Section 88 of the 2022 Elections Act.

According to him, the commission will deploy technology and trained personnel to expedite the effective tracking of campaign finance by parties and candidates.

He advised residents of the State who registered for the permanent voter card between June 2021 and January 14, 2022, to go to INEC offices to collect their PVCs in order to exercise their right to vote. vote.


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