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NIGERIA: Jega tasks politicians on campaign rules

Lagos — Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, yesterday, restated his warning to political parties to stop violating the rules governing electioneering ahead of 2015 polls.
Jega, who spoke during an interactive session with editors in Lagos, noted that all parties had violated the rules on campaigns.
According to the INEC chairman, it is wrong for anyone to be campaigning for votes as a candidate for now.
He said since parties had not conducted primaries no candidate could lay claim to any platform yet.
Jega said: “When you say vote for me for this office in 2015, it is wrong because there is no platform. This can only happen when primaries have been conducted.”
The INEC boss warned politicians to play by the rules, saying the commission was identifying people, who had breached the rules in some states.
He said such information was being passed on to security agencies for necessary action.
Jega, however, said that political parties could conduct rallies as long as they do not campaign for votes for the 2015 general elections.
He expressed the hope that 2015 polls would be better than the previous ones, but raised concerns over the attitude of some stakeholders, especially politicians.
He urged such politicians to change and respect the rules of the game.
On the part of INEC, he said the electoral body had substantially “placed square pegs in square holes” to ensure improvement in future elections.
He said: “We have told our staff that anyone who does anything wrong will have himself or herself to blame.’’

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