The next general elections in Nigeria will be held in 2019, but most political parties have started to flaunt their likely aspirants for the various elective positions. This action has prompted the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to issue a warning to political parties to stop all illegal campaigns or face sanctions
Directing its warning to the two major parties in the country the ruling All Progressives Congress APC and the opposition People’s Democratic Party PDP, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kassin Gaidam said most members of the major political parties are guilty of this breach.
“The immediate challenge being faced with the political parties and their members is that of campaigning for elective positions even when party primaries have not been conducted.
“This is clear contravention of the electoral law and lack of decorum which must be stopped.
“Most members of the major political parties are guilty of this breach. As you know, campaign by aspirants is within the membership of respective parties while campaign by candidates should not be done earlier than 90 days to election”, he said.