2023: Electoral Commission approves electoral guidelines

The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has approved the publication and release of the guidelines for the conduct of political rallies, processions and campaigns as well as that of finances and election expenses of political parties, candidates and aspirants.
Penpushing reports that the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye made this known in a statement, explaining that the
approval was the outcome of the commission’s deliberation on Thursday, which also include the appointment of a Secretary to the Commission.
“The Commission met today, Thursday 24th November 2022, and deliberated on several issues including the publication and release of guidelines for the conduct of political Rallies, processions and campaigns as well as that of finances and election expenses of parties, candidates and aspirants. It also deliberated on the appointment of a Secretary to the Commission”, Okoye wrote
Penpushing further reports that, the statement  added that consequently, the commission has uploaded the two documents to its website and social media handles while copies will be made available to political parties, civil society groups, the media and other critical stakeholders.
“The Commission approved the publication and release of the guidelines for the Conduct of Political Rallies, Processions and Campaigns as well as that of Finances and Election Expenses of political parties, Candidates and Aspirants”, the statement added.
“All political parties were reminded of their obligation to submit the required reports to the Commission in accordance with the provisions of Section 90(4) of the Electoral Act 2022 and the applicable sanctions for failure to comply as provided in Section 89(4) of the Electoral Act”,the statement emphasised.
Penpushing also reports that, Okoye disclosed that the  commission in the same vein approved the reappointment of the Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Rose Oriaran-Anthony, for a second and final term of four years, with effect from 7th December 2022, in accordance with Section 8 of the Electoral Act, 2022.
“Rose qOriaran-Anthony hails from Edo State. She holds a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) degree in Language Arts from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Abuja and another Master’s degree in Public Communication and Public Relations from the University of Westminster, in the United Kingdom”, the statement reads.
The statement said, she is the second female Secretary of the commission and the first to have her tenure renewed, adding that the scribe is a long-term staff of the commission and has served as Public Affairs Officer, Assistant Director (Information and Publicity), Deputy Director (Voter Education) and Director (Civil Societies Liaison).
Penpushing reports that, Okoye in the statement said Oriaran-Anthony last posting was Administrative Secretary in Delta State before her first appointment on 5th December 2018.
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