By Abdullahi Jalaluddeen
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has warned political parties and their supporters that it has not lifted embargoes on political campaigns.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano, Prof. Risquwa Shehu gave the warning
during a stakeholders meeting held at INEC Headquarters in Kano.
Prof. Shehu decried increasing political thuggery and intraparty violence ahead of the 2023 general election in Kano.
He said the trend of political acrimonies was overwhelming the entire political atmosphere, stressing that it was threatening the relative peace, security, and conduct of the election in the state.
“It is very important to once again draw the attention of all our stakeholders especially the political parties that there is a ban on political campaigns at the moment, therefore it is very necessary to caution party supporters on the implication of some of their attitudes”
“This call is deemed necessary because of the increasing trend of political acrimonies being expressed by some individuals in various radio stations in the state. more disturbing is the increasing incidences of violence by supporters of some political actors. These are capable of disrupting preparations and peaceful conduct of 2023 general elections and therefore such not be allowed,”
The Resident Electoral Commissioner explained that with the conversion of 3,148 Voting Points, VPs into Polling Units, and PUs the state now has a total of 11,222 Polling Units.
“Kano State had 8,074 polling units and 3,148 voting points across the 44 LGAs. With the conversion of the voting points to Polling Units, the state now has a total of 11,222 Polling Units,”
The meeting was attended by representatives from political parties, security agencies, members of Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, and the media.