INEC warns against hate speech dur­ing cam­paigns

The Punch - - PHOTONEWS -

The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional elec­toral Com­mis­sion has warned it will not spare po­lit­i­cal par­ties and their can­di­dates who heat up the polity through provoca­tive speeches dur­ing cam­paigns.

The Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of INEC in Gombe State, mr em­manuel morett, gave the warn­ing at a two-day train­ing for elec­tion ob­servers held at the Amer­i­can Corner in bauchi.

The train­ing was or­gan­ised by Lead­tots and hu­man De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices for youth and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions drawn from Gombe, Yobe, bauchi and Taraba states, as well as the me­dia and other stake­hold­ers.

morett stated that INEC would not fold its arms and watch politi­cians heat up the polity un­nec­es­sar­ily, stat­ing that there were laws guid­ing cam­paigns and po­lit­i­cal par­ties and their can­di­dates must ad­here strictly to them.

he de­cried vote-buy­ing in the elec­toral process, say­ing that the com­mis­sion was col­lab­o­rat­ing with se­cu­rity agen­cies to stem the ris­ing tide.

“There is so much mon­eti­sa­tion of the elec­toral process. INEC is very wor­ried about the use of money at the polling units. We are col­lab­o­rat­ing with the EFCC and the ICPC to tackle vote buy­ing.

“It is an of­fence and the INEC frowns on it. We will not hes­i­tate to call se­cu­rity agen­cies where we know there are in­ci­dents of vote- buy­ing.”

The INEC spokesman fur­ther called on Nige­ri­ans to come out in 2019 and de­ter­mine the le­git­i­macy of the gov­ern­ment that would rep­re­sent them.

he said, “The law is clear on cam­paigns; there shouldn’t be hate or in­flam­ma­tory speeches be­cause they heat up the polity. Politi­cians are ex­pected to main­tain deco­rum as they seek for votes in ac­cor­dance with the laws of the coun­try.”

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