Early campaigns: INEC orders politicians to remove billboards

Attahiru Jega

INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega

INEC Boss: Attahiru Jega
INEC Boss: Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has given politicians in Taraba seven days to remove all campaign billboards and posters or face prosecution.

Austin Okojie, state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting on Saturday in Jalingo.

Okojie warned against pasting of campaign posters now, stressing that it was contrary to 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.

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“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 said that the commission fixed general elections for February 2015, noting that political campaigns would start three months to the elections.

NAN reports that state chairmen of all registered political parties, representatives of women and youth groups attended the meeting.