The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has issued a seven day ultimatum to politicians in Taraba to remove all campaign billboards and posters or face prosecution.
The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Austin Okojie, gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting on Saturday in Jalingo, the state capital.
He warned that pasting of campaign posters now violates the Electoral Act.
“The commission has given those behind the erection of campaign billboards and pasting of posters seven days within which to remove their billboards and posters.
“If they fail to comply with the directive, we will appeal to law enforcement agents to assist in removing them and possibly prosecute the culprits.
“We urge politicians to always play by the rules to instill sanity in the political arena”, he said.
Okojie noted that INEC had fixed general elections for February 2015, noting that political campaigns could start three months prior to the election date.
It was gathered that state chairmen of all registered political parties, representatives of women and youth groups attended the stakeholders’ meeting.