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Early campaigns: INEC orders Taraba politicians to remove billboards

Mr. Okojie warned against pasting of campaign posters now, stressing that it was contrary to the Electoral Act.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has given politicians in Taraba seven days to remove all campaign billboards and posters or face prosecution.

Austin Okojie, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting on Saturday in Jalingo.

Mr. Okojie warned against pasting of campaign posters now, stressing that it was contrary to the Electoral Act.

“The commission has given those behind the erection of campaign billboards and pasting of posters seven days within which to remove their billboards and posters.

“If they fail to comply with the directive, we will appeal to law enforcement agents to assist in removing them and possibly prosecute the culprits.

“We urge politicians to always play by the rules to instill sanity in the political arena,” he said.

Mr. Okojie said that the commission fixed general elections for February 2015, noting that political campaigns would start three months to the elections.

The state chairmen of all registered political parties and representatives of women and youth groups attended the meeting.

(NAN)

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