Ekiti 2018: INEC Warn Aspirants Of Early Campaigns

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Ahead of the governorship election in Ekiti in 2018, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday declared as illegal  the current campaigns being  embarked  on  by  some   aspirants and their agents.

The spokesperson of INEC in the state, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin,  told  reporters in Ado Ekiti that all those engaging  in such activities would  be referred to law enforcement agencies.

He said the commission had noted that some aspirants  were  erecting billboards as well as opening campaign offices in Ado Ekiti  even when the commission had not  directed them to do so.

Gbadegesin also  expressed disappointment with  the manner some aspirants and their agents had been placing advertisements in the media  canvassing the choice of certain individuals ahead of the poll.

According to him, the Electoral Act was explicit on the exact time frame on when and how politicians could begin to either express interest or campaign for elective offices.

“At this stage, we want to take it that those involved are ignorant of what the law says, but we want to assure them that any further action after this warning will compel the commission to refer their cases to law enforcers

“People must learn to be obedient on simple legal instructions.

“In the pre-election period that ushered in the present governor who is just barely two years in office, this was the way all manner of people began campaigning before the regulatory time frame without any recourse to the commission.

“This did not stop until we reported them to law enforcement agents

“If this crop of politicians or their agents feel they can come around again to cause us sleepless nights, we will be left with no option than to catch up with them and make them to face the consequences of disobeying the law,’’  he said.

The INEC spokesperson enjoined aspirants and their sympathisers who may not be aware of the relevant electoral guidelines,   to contact any of the commission’s state or local government offices for assistance

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