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INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Kuginzi: 5:22am On Aug 28, 2022
Exactly one month to the commencement of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has warned political parties and candidates against the use of masqueraders, public facilities and religious centres for campaigns.

The commission asked political parties to align strictly with the provisions of the Electoral Act to avoid sanctions as stipulated by the Act. INEC had fixed September 28 for the commencement of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly, while the elections would hold on February 25, 2023.

Relying on Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Committee on Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, in a recent interview with our correspondent explained that the law expected political campaigns to be civil and devoid of abuse.

In previous electioneering, some political parties and their candidates were wont to engage in all kinds of theatrics, including the use of masqueraders, to entertain the crowd and add colour to their rallies. Some also covertly campaigned in public offices and worship centres, especially churches and mosques, to woo civil servants and worshippers, respectively.

But quoting from the provisions of the section, Okoye said, “Section 92 of the Electoral Act makes it mandatory that a political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.

“Therefore, abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or insinuations or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns.

“Subsection 3 states that places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions; or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates or their programmes or ideologies.

“Masqueraders shall not be employed or used by any political party, aspirant or candidate during political campaigns or for any other political purpose.”

As witnessed in some previous elections where parties hired thugs to repel detractors, Okoye in reference to subsection (5) of Section 92, warned parties and candidates against training or enlisting the help or services of individuals or groups for the purpose of displaying physical force or coercion in a manner that could arouse reasonable apprehension during the campaigns.

Sunday PUNCH reports that in previous campaigns, some political parties engaged thugs to ensure orderliness as well as prevent political enemies from disrupting their rallies.
https://punchng.com/inec-warns-against-campaigns-in-churches-mosques-violators-risk-imprisonment/

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by melonsgroup: 5:23am On Aug 28, 2022
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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by jkpbestseries: 5:28am On Aug 28, 2022
that should not be a problem

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by 25ahmad(m): 5:38am On Aug 28, 2022
To whom it may concern.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by derecho(m): 5:40am On Aug 28, 2022
Wetin concern INEC?

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Tochi3(m): 5:45am On Aug 28, 2022
INEC should concentrate on credible election and ensuring that their RECs are non Partisan...

PVC's have been seen scattered in sewage gutters and holes, what have INEC done about that ? What are their findings on the deliberate disenfrachisement of some Nigerians undecided

Meanwhile, 4 of the REC sent to the senate for confirmation have been found to be partisan and corrupt... Two have been found to be APC card carrying members who contested for governorship primaries in their respective state under APC...

INEC should understand fthat the youth will not be intimidated and are ready to protect and defend their votes with all means possible in the coming election

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by madridguy(m): 5:46am On Aug 28, 2022
A welcome development. Nice one from INEC.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by alsudan: 5:47am On Aug 28, 2022
Hahahaha as Obi the press their neck e the sweet our belle.

Obi’s Movement from church to church to Worship starts proper in September.

People way introduce religious politics don the cry say Obi don master the act.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Mandesz(m): 5:47am On Aug 28, 2022
How this take concern inec? I smell nothing but envy.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by rocknation62(m): 5:47am On Aug 28, 2022
We the youths also warn INEC against election malpractices/rigging come 2023


ObiDatti2023

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by aylive02(m): 5:47am On Aug 28, 2022
grin


Story. The church is against Muslim/Muslim ticket and during the announcement section in churches, after announcing that Jesus Christ is Lord and that he is coming soon, the next announcement will be: do not vote for Muslim/Muslim ticket. I can promise INEC that

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Evergreen4(m): 5:47am On Aug 28, 2022
Make I see any body mention Peter Obi name first

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by nony43(m): 5:47am On Aug 28, 2022
See mad people o, you people are now quoting constitution. And telling Nigerians not to be abusive. Please remind us again how APC got into power. Was it not abusive words thrown at GEJ? Campaigning in Mosques?

I feel INEC shouldn’t tell politicians how to campaign as much as it is not violent and throwing hates speeches like APC . Every politician is looking for a formula to win his election. They should leave it for worship centers to say YES or NO to that. Just like BAT feels like Muslim Muslim candidates will win for him, well good luck to him.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Michelle70(m): 5:48am On Aug 28, 2022
derecho:
Wetin concern INEC?
church and mosque is a place to worship not to hold political campaign

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Obidient4life3: 5:48am On Aug 28, 2022
grin grin grin grin

Campaign never start... We don already cover the important grounds....

Obi giving INEC headache like tomorrow no dey. Una no fit disqualify Obi grin grin grin

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by rocknation62(m): 5:48am On Aug 28, 2022
Evergreen4:
Make I see any body mention Peter Obi name first

They will start wailing

Just Watch and see

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by yinkus6750(m): 5:48am On Aug 28, 2022
So , candidates cannot worship in simple Obedience to God ?

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by donaldking100: 5:48am On Aug 28, 2022
Agbadocassava:

Pitobi wey dey use una shallow brain to campaign, Igbos are still at the bottom ladder when it comes to Nigeria politics.

Make una come learn politics from Yorubas una hate so much

Why are you people so bothered about Obi and his votes?
No be ment be dat?
Concentrate on whichever ancestor you are supporting na.
Obi no get structure, Obi is irrelevant but una still de get sleepless nights over this same man.
I don't think any other presidential canditate has been attacked the way they have been attacking Obi.
All these propaganda will not help y'all at this time.
The ancestors you are supporting had all the time and resources to do right by Nigerians but they did not.
Now the youth are woke and ready to take back this country.
Obi 's presidential ambition s a movement, & Nobody can stop a moving train.
A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Millimann: 5:48am On Aug 28, 2022
So INEC has been sleeping all these years that imams preach to their congregations who to vote for.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Vigos: 5:49am On Aug 28, 2022
It will be hard

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Agbadocassava: 5:49am On Aug 28, 2022
Pitobi wey dey use una shallow brain to campaign, Igbos are still at the bottom ladder when it comes to Nigeria politics.

Make una come learn politics from Yorubas una hate so much

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by xpressionx(m): 5:50am On Aug 28, 2022
Peter Obi has never gone to any public event and solicited votes.
His appearance sends people into frenzy.

Even at NBA conference, he spoke of the kind of leader Nigeria needs,but zulum went and started campaigning for Tinubu and himself.

Mr Obi is wise abeg.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by morikee: 5:51am On Aug 28, 2022
The order of the day

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Itohanmiwa: 5:51am On Aug 28, 2022
A particular aspirant ought to have been arrested already if this is true from inec. I mean nigga just go to church guilt tripping Christians and gullible Nigerians into voting for him. I see through his charade and honestly he has nothing to offer. Only one candidate stand out and his blueprint is Lagos, the city he made the hub of Africa without assistance from FG. I also hear one of the aspirants is a core supporter of IPOB and also news making the round indicates he may also be the owner of hero brewery which has the IPOB logo as its brand logo. All those by force meekness he Dey form won’t deceive Nigerians come 2023, I see him as a wolf in sheep clothing.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Boogyman557: 5:51am On Aug 28, 2022
Holly Gram cool Obi just de BLAST BLAST der left legs wit him old KALA..


LITE UP my WEED in peace


WTF MAN!

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by adioolayi(m): 5:52am On Aug 28, 2022
Na blessings dem dey go collect grin grin
Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by cybertron88: 5:53am On Aug 28, 2022
When churches were mobilizing for PVC collection una no talk. See this election is even beyond INEC. They should focus on conducting free and fair election. We go carry the campaign go shrine sef. Ppl must be Obidient by force.

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Nemesis0147(m): 5:54am On Aug 28, 2022
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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by Offpointng: 5:54am On Aug 28, 2022
aylive02:
grin


Story. The church is against Muslim/Muslim ticket and during the announcement section in churches, after announcing that Jesus Christ is Lord and that he is coming soon, the next announcement will be: do not vote for Muslim/Muslim ticket. I can promise INEC that

No be lie boss... last Sunday our pastar decreed curse on anyone in the congregation who would vote that demonic party

But my confusion is, why is INEC against religion in politics now when they clearly used same religion greatly against Goodluck Jonathan ensuring he failed

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by adioolayi(m): 5:54am On Aug 28, 2022
derecho:
Wetin concern INEC?


Nothing....na Electoral Act concern them grin wink grin

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Re: INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches, Mosques, Violators Risk Imprisonment by naijapikin2(m): 5:54am On Aug 28, 2022
Utter stupid statement of the year, when imams have been proclaiming anointed candidates and churches alike, for long. You can't separate religion from politics. This is mere lip service

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