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NEC Threatens Politicians Doing Pre-Campaign Activities
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NEC Threatens Politicians Doing Pre-Campaign Activities
By Calvin Brooks

MONROVIA, February 28 (LINA) - The National Elections Commission (NEC) has threatened to reject the nomination applications of political hopefuls engaged in pre-campaign activities and who fail to take down their promotional materials and statements within 72 hours.

The Commission views such as a violation of Chapter V. Section 5.2 (b) of the Campaign Regulations which forbids individuals with political ambition from publishing printed materials with pictures on billboards, placards, posters and banners that tend to promote their quest when campaign has not been declared open.

NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya made the disclosure at a news conference held Monday at the Commission’s headquarters in the Monrovia suburb of Sinkor, during which he provided an update on the ongoing 2017 voter registration exercise.

Korkoya cited as examples, a billboard at the ELWA Market area with the picture of one Rufus Tull, and another at the intersection of Duport Road and the road leading into Zubah Town in Paynesville with a promotional message and the picture of one Kanio Bai Gbala.

“We call on these individuals and all others who we may not be able to name to take down those billboards within 72 hours,” he said, adding that the commission will reject their nomination applications if they fail to adhere to this warning.

Meanwhile, Korkoya has also vowed to refer all reports about voters trucking to the Ministry of Justice for action.

He noted that the commission has received a petition from some residents of Electoral District #14 in Montserrado County in which they accused one Abraham Vamuyan Conneh of trucking people into the district to register.

Korkoya said: “Because trucking is a criminal offense and we do not have prosecutorial powers over crimes, all such reports will be referred to the Ministry of Justice for action.”

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