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INEC issues guidelines for rally conduct in the 2023 election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued guidelines for political rallies and campaigns, as well as the election expenses of parties, candidates, and aspirants.

Festus Okoye, INEC’s spokesperson, announced the guidelines in a statement on Thursday, November 24.

These include the amount an individual can donate to campaigns, notifying the police, adhering to National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) regulations, and following COVID-19 safety protocols.

It said;

Political parties must send a written notice to the Commissioner of Police of the State or Federal Capital Territory indicating the exact location and time of the rally or procession, as well as pledging peaceful conduct and control against violence or public nuisance.”

“Political Parties shall transmit to the Commission, via a designated portal and also in hard copy, details of the schedule of their political rallies and processions at least 10 days before the date of the political rally or procession, through the Electoral Officer at the Local Government Area and the Resident Electoral Commissioner at the State.” The notice must be signed jointly by the Political Party’s National Chairman and National Secretary.

“Political Parties shall submit to the Commission, in soft copy via a designated portal and in hard copy, notification of the schedule of their campaigns, stating the date, time, venue, agenda, and list of members of the Organising Committee, as well as Police approval within the jurisdiction of the campaigns, within a specified time frame.” They must have a minimum of 10 days before the start of their campaigns.

“The maximum amount of money or other assets that an individual, a group of individuals, or an entity can donate to a political party or election candidate shall be N50,000,000.” “A Political Party shall not accept any monetary or other contribution in excess of N50,000,000 unless the source of the contribution is identified and disclosed to the Commission,” the guideline states.

“Within six months of an election, every Political Party that participated in the election must submit an audited report of its election expenses to the Commission’s designated portal.” The reporting period will begin 360 days before and including Election Day.

“Within three months of the announcement of the results of an election, every Political Party sponsoring the election of a candidate shall submit to the Commission’s designated portal a report of the contributions made to it by individuals and entities.” The report must include the names, addresses, occupations, and amount of the donor(s).”

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