The Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, in Plateau State has warned politicians to desist from campaigns and indiscriminate display of posters, as it is overheating the polity, saying anyone involved in such acts will be arrested by security agents.
This was disclosed by the State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Habu Zarma, at a One Day Stakeholders Meeting and Official Presentation of INEC Strategic Plan, 2012-2016, on Thursday, in Jos.
According to him, “It has come to the notice of the Commission that some politicians and registered political parties have started uncontrolled campaign towards the forthcoming general election, thereby heating up the polity.
He added that, “It has also been observed that campaign posters are being indiscriminately displayed outside the legal provision for campaigning towards elections into various offices.
He warned that, “Those involved in this act are violating the provisions of the electoral act. This must stop as the Commission has requested the security agencies to arrest offenders.
Zarma said over the years, the Commission has made efforts to build partnership and strengthen its relationship with principal stakeholders.
“As we move towards the 2015 general elections, we hope to hold series of meetings to seek your support on strategies for citizen sensitization and mobilization for effective participation in
election, strategies for continuous voters’ registration and constituency delimitation.
He Stressed that the essence of the meeting is to, “Share information, exchange ideas, discuss mutual concerns and evolve partnership, as well as strength the already good relationship which exists, while addressing challenges in the electoral processes”.
Fielding questions from the stakeholders, the INEC Boss said underage and multiple voters will be deleted from their register, before issuing the permanent voters card to the citizenry.
He urged the electorate to assist INEC in ensuring that underage persons do not vote during elections.