NEC Warns Political Parties Against Early Campaigning
MONROVIA, Jan 22 (LINA) – The National Election Commission (NEC) has warned political Parties and Independent candidates not to engage in early campaigning ahead of the forth-coming Special Senatorial Election on October 14, 2014.
NEC said the commission will announce the official campaign period.
It said in a release quoted by the Liberia News Agency that the caution was in pursuant to Part IV, Chapter VI, section 24 of the Guidelines Relating to the Registration of Political Parties and Independent Candidates.
NEC, in keeping with its constitutional mandate as stipulated in Section 2.9 (a) of the New Elections Law, however, informed all political parties and independent candidates wishing to take part in the 2014 Special Senatorial Election that the certain political activities are permitted outside the official campaign period.
They include political party membership drive, setting up party offices, fundraising, use of logo/emblems on offices, vehicles and other party properties and holding of political party national and local convention;
Also permitted, according to the NEC release, are political party meetings, and representational activities, including receiving and responding to petition from constituencies.
However, NEC declares that absolutely no canvassing for votes shall be allowed outside the official campaign period.
It said activities that constitute campaigning include political rallies, political broadcasts, statement and political messages in print and electronic media as well as use of posters, fliers, buntings, advertisement on billboards, public and private buildings, light poles and the internet.
Also constituting campaigning is the use of T-shirts, caps and other promotional items and individual promotional stickers on vehicles.
NEC said failure to adhere to any of these guidelines shall constitute an election offense punishable under Chapter 10 of the New Elections Law of 1986.
Finally, it said, no activities of political parties and/or independent candidates shall extend beyond the boundaries of the Republic of Liberia.