The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has warned political parties and candidates against the use of masqueraders, public facilities and religious centres for campaigns.
The commission asked political parties to comply strictly with the provisions of the Electoral Act to avoid sanctions as stipulated by the Act.
According to the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Committee on Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, the law expected political campaigns to be civil and devoid of abuse with respect to the Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022.
Recall that 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.
Previous electioneering in Nigeria have witnessed situations where political parties and their candidates engage in all kinds of theatrics, including the use of masqueraders, to entertain the crowd during political rallies.
Nigerian politicians are fond of covertly campaigning in public offices and worship centres, especially churches and mosques, to woo civil servants and worshippers, respectively.