INEC To Jail Any Presidential Candidates That Spend Above ₦1billion On Campaign

INEC To Jail Any Presidential Candidates That Spend Above ₦1billion On Campaign

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it had taken measures to track campaign expenditure incurred by political parties as it lifted ban
on election campaigns.

According to Pm News, The electoral body said it will sanction presidential aspirants that spend above N1billion on campaign. The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC
chairman, Kayode Idowu, on Monday in Abuja stated this in an interview with journalists following the lifting of the ban on election campaigns.

“According to section 91 of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended, the maximum expenses to be incurred by a candidate at a
presidential election shall be N1 billion; for governorship, it is N200 million and the act also stipulated sanctions for candidate who flaunted the campaign spending limits.

“The sanction for presidential election is N1 million or 12 months imprisonment or both and for governor, N800,000 or nine
months or both. NAN reports that in line with the electoral timetable released by INEC, presidential and National Assembly aspirants of
political parties are allowed to commence
campaign from November 16.
Similarly, the ban on campaign by
governorship and state House of Assembly
aspirants is expected to be lifted on
November 30.
Idowu said that the commission now had
a department to monitor spending of
candidates in the 2015 election

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