The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has prevented public campaign by presidential candidates until November 18, 2018.
This is in line with the timelines given by the agency and the provisions of the Electoral Act, INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said.
The INEC chairman reminded political parties and their candidates that the end of primaries did not mean the immediate commencement of campaigns.
He advised the parties and their candidates to obey the rules and follow the electoral timetable.
“Section 99 (1) prohibits campaigns by political parties earlier than 90 days before polling day.
“Therefore, going by the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the Commission, campaign for Presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on November 18, 2018.
“Campaign for Governorship and State Assembly elections begins on December 1.
“I call upon political parties and candidates to strictly adhere to these dates,” he said.
Yakubu said that with the conclusion of primaries by political parties, the next activity was the nomination of candidates to the commission.