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Nigerian Electoral body warns political parties on excessive spending

Political Parties in Niger State, North Central Nigeria have been advised to desist from excessive financial spending during their electioneering campaigns as days to general Elections approaches.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Professor Sam Egwu said the Commission has already commenced monitoring the finances of the leading Political Parties in the State, ‘The main opposition party, The People Democratic Party PDP and The governing party, the All Progressive Congress APC.’

He said the commission would investigate possible violation of The campaign finance laws through mechanisms for tracking campaign finance violations by candidates and their parties.

Some of the campaign finance spendings to be monitored according to him includes the cost of Media activates and other political engagements of the leading parties in the State.

Professor Sam Egwu who stated this to Voice Of Nigeria in Minna The Niger State Capital North Central Nigeria, mentioned that the Commission decided on monitoring financial spending of leading political parties not only in Niger State But across the country, so as to comply with the electoral law on financial spending of parties.

INEC does not want candidates to exceed their requirements and to also persuade the parties not to corrupt the process of elections during the campaign and electioneering period in the Country.

Other forms of INEC’s monitoring plans during the elections was to curtail vote buying which has to do with banning of smart phones during elections and Configuration of voting cubicle and the ballot box not to give room for cards display to onlookers, and other measures that could assure credible election.

About thirty-one political parties are expected to participate in the 2019 General election in Niger State North Central Nigeria, according to the Independent Electoral Commission reports.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State Professor Egwu said all the thirty one participating political parties are fielding candidates for governorship election in the state, while fifteen political parties have candidates for senatorial positions, twenty six for the House Of Representatives seats and twenty eight for seats in the State House Of Assembly.

While expressing his readiness for the conduct of credible elections in the state to Voice Of Nigeria ,

The Niger State Residents Electoral Commissioner INEC in the State has about twenty three thousand experience and ad hoc staff ready for the commencement of the election operation,

And INEC in the state has achieved tremendously in the distribution of permanent voter cards at a very high rate as almost all necessary materials needed for the conduct of the election are on ground,

So far we have trained our staff and ad hoc staff including members of the National Youth Service Corps on the use of newly acquired ICT facilities and the upgraded smart cards readers and other facilities to be used during the general elections across all the local Government areas of Niger State.

And for the smooth transportation of the electoral materials and the officials to parts of the state, officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission has offered to assist in under taking a mechanical and road worthiness of all the vehicles to be used by the Commission so as not have transport challenges during the electioneering period.

Already an MoU has been signed by members of the National Union Transport Workers Of Nigeria and others alike for the released of their vehicles for the transportation of personnel and elections materials’.

Professor Sam Egwu gives assurance on the readiness and capability of the Security agencies on monitoring the electoral activities throughout the period of the election in the State.

All the security agencies from the Military and paramilitary in Niger State code named inter agency consultative committee on electoral security have been meeting on a joint plan on security flash points in order to curtail a possible security threat during the elections period so as to have a hitch free and fair elections in the State.

Professor Egwu who reiterated the commitment of the Independent Electoral Commission for good conduct of the General Elections mentioned that all participating political parties have so far been advised by INEC to provide photographs of their various agents expected to monitor or supervise the conduct of the elections so as to avoid a unidentified people from creating confusion during the electioneering period.

Source: Voice of Nigeria