18th November, 2014
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, officially lifted the ban on campaigns for the 2015 general elections.
The commission said that in line with the electoral timetable and in keeping with the 90 days provision, presidential and national assembly aspirants had from Monday, November 16 commenced their campaigns.
However, governorship and state House of Assembly aspirants would have to wait till November 30 before they could begin their own electioneering campaigns nationwide.
Speaking in Abuja, on Monday, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, said the commission had put all arrangements in place to monitor the campaigns in line with the provisions of the law.
He said: “The commission has put structures in place to track expenditures; that structures did not exist in 2011, but now, we have been able to put structures in place to track the expenditure of politicians and we are going to be doing that.”
“Section 91, sub-section 2-7 of the Electoral Act, dwells on Limitation on Election Expenses; the maximum elections expenses to be incurred by a candidate at a presidential, governorship election shall be N1 billion and N200 million, respectively.
“The maximum amount of election expenses to be incurred of senatorial seat by a candidate and House of Representatives shall be N40 million and N20 million respectively,” while “in the case of state assembly election, the maximum amount of election expenses to be incurred shall be N10 million.”
Meanwhile, section 91 (10) said “a candidate who knowingly acts in contravention of this section commits an offence.
Similarly, section 92 (3) has spelt out that “election expenses of a political party shall be submitted to the commission in a separate audited return within 6 months after an election and such return shall be signed by the political party’s auditors and counter-signed by the chairman of the party and be supported by a sworn affidavit by the signatories as to the correctness of its contents.”