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INEC Sets Guidelines For Political Rallies, Campaign Donation Limit, Re-Appoints Secretary

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has approved the publication and release of the guidelines for the conduct of political rallies, processions and campaign donations.

The Commission, in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said it met and deliberated on several issues including the publication and release of guidelines for the Conduct of Political Rallies, Processions and Campaigns, as well as those of Finance and Election Expenses of Parties, Candidates and Aspirants.

He said, “The Commission approved the publication and release of the guidelines for the Conduct of Political Rallies, Processions and Campaigns as well as that of Finances and Election Expenses of political parties, Candidates and Aspirants.

“Consequently, the Commission has uploaded the two documents to its website and social media handles, while copies will be made available to political parties, civil society groups, the media and other critical stakeholders.

“All political parties were reminded of their obligation to submit the required reports to the Commission in accordance with the provisions of Section 90(4) of the Electoral Act 2022 and the applicable sanctions for failure to comply as provided in Section 89(4) of the Electoral Act.”

Going by its guidelines, N50 million has been fixed as 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 aspirant for an election.

INEC added that contribution to candidates by an individual or entity shall be from 150 days allowed for campaigns to Election Day, while contribution to aspirants by an individual or entity shall be from the date notice of election is published to the conclusion of Party Primaries.

The Commission also placed a ban on the conduct of political rallies in worship centres and public institutions.

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 aspirant for an election shall be N50,000,000 (fifty million Naira only)

“A Political Party shall not accept any monetary or other contribution which is more than N50,000,000 except it identifies and discloses the source of the contribution to the Commission”, the guidelines stated.

“The Commission has also approved the reappointment of its Secretary, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony, for a second and final term of four years, with effect from 7th December 2022, in accordance with Section 8 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

“The Commission also approved the reappointment of the Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Rose Oriaran-Anthony, for a second and final term of four years, with effect from 7th December 2022, in accordance with Section 8 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

“Rose Oriaran-Anthony hails from Edo State. She holds a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) degree in Language Arts from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Abuja and another Master’s degree in Public Communication and Public Relations from the University of Westminster, in the United Kingdom.

“She is the second female Secretary of the Commission and the first to have her tenure renewed. She is a long-term staff of the Commission and has served as Public Affairs Officer, Assistant Director (Information and Publicity), Deputy Director (Voter Education) and Director (Civil Societies Liaison). Her last posting was Administrative Secretary in Delta State before her first appointment on 5th December 2018″, the statement explained.

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