Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has enjoined chairmen and presidential candidates of the 18 registered political parties to abide by the letters and spirit of the peace accord freely signed on Thursday.
He cautioned participants in the peace accord not to see the exercise as mere signing on dotted lines but as one that entails a commitment to the spirit of the peace effort right through the campaign period and beyond the announcement of Winners.
Prof Yakubu assured that the commission will rigorously monitor compliance warning against the use of abusive language and hateful speech and innuendos during campaigns.
“In line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and in our determination to play our role as a regulator, the Commission will vigorously monitor compliance to ensure that parties shun abusive, intemperate, or slanderous language as well as insinuations or innuendoes likely to provoke a breach of the peace during the electioneering campaigns.
“Similarly, the Commission will also closely monitor compliance with the limits on campaign spending under the Electoral Act. There are sanctions provided by law. Political parties and candidates should study and familiarise themselves with the electoral legal framework to avoid any infraction of the law and the unhappy consequences that will follow any act of misdemeanor”.
The INEC boss commended the National Peace Committee under its convener, Gen Abdusallam Abubakar pointing out the positive impact the initiative has had on democratic elections since it was introduced in 2015 and 2019 general. election.
He noted that the accord has also been introduced in off-season polls in Edo, Ondo, Anambra and recent Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.