2023: INEC releases guidelines for political campaigns, party expenses

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Guidelines for political campaigns and election expenses for political parties, candidates, and aspirants were published and released on Thursday after being approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Festus Okoye, a national commissioner and the chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, made this announcement in Abuja.

Okoye said that the Commission met on Thursday and discussed several topics, including releasing the guidelines and selecting a new Secretary for INEC.

The guidelines for “the Conduct of Political Rallies, Processions, and Campaigns” and “the Finances and Election Expenses of Political Parties, Candidates, and Aspirants” have been approved by the Commission and published.

Okoye stated that the two documents would be made available to political parties, civil society groups, the media, and other key stakeholders and that the INEC had already uploaded them to its website and social media handles.

He reminded political parties of the Electoral Act of 2022’s Section 90(4), which requires them to submit the necessary reports to the Commission, and Section 89(4), which outlines the penalties for failing to do so.

Okoye also revealed that, in accordance with Section 8 of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission approved the reappointment of Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony as Secretary of the Commission for a second and final term of four years, effective as of December 7.

As her name implies, Oriaran-Anthony is an Edo native.

She earned her B.Ed. in language arts from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; her MPA in public administration from the University of Abuja; and her M.A. in public communication and public relations from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom.

She is the first woman to have her term as Secretary of the Commission renewed and only the second woman ever.

She has been with the Commission for quite some time, and in that time, she has held the positions of Public Affairs Officer, Assistant Director (Information and Publicity), Deputy Director (Voter Education), and Director (Civil Societies Liaison).

Before her appointment on December 5, 2018, she served as a secretary in the Delta office.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Section 88 of the Electoral Act states, “the maximum election expenses to be incurred by a candidate at a presidential election shall not exceed N5,000,000,000.

Section 88 (8) states, “No individual or other entity shall donate to a candidate more than N50,000,” and the law stipulates that “the maximum amount of election expenses to be incurred by a candidate in respect of governorship election shall not exceed N1,000,000,000.”