The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday disclosed that the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and others are yet to submit the reports of their expenses in the 2019 elections.
The Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu stated this while speaking at the two-day media capacity-building workshop on the commission’s progress, innovations, preparations for the 2023 general elections and critical issues in the Electoral Act 2022, in Lagos State.
The INEC Chairman was represented by the Director, Election and Party Monitoring Department, Aminu Idris.
According to Idris, out of the 91 political parties that were involved in the 2019 elections, about thirty-four submitted their reports (both expenditures and incomes).
He noted that major political parties in the last elections reportedly spent N4.6billion, N3.3billion on billboards, print media advertisements, electronic media advertisements, and coverage/grammies (musical performances).
Idris further stated that among the 34 political parties that turned in reports of their spending in the 2019 general elections, the major political parties were not on the list.
The INEC official disclosed that the electoral body will train about 1.4m ad-hoc staff who would officiate at the 2023 general elections, comprising security officers.
2023: Political Parties, Candidates Risk Fine, Jail For Electoral Offences – INEC
INEC has declared that political parties and candidates that contradict the provisions of the 2022 electoral act will be punished accordingly.
The electoral umpire stated that such offenders not only risk paying a fine but may also be jailed.
The position of INEC was made known on Monday by the commission’s national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye in Lagos during the two-day media capacity-building workshop on the commission’s progress, innovations, preparations for the 2023 general elections and critical issues in the Electoral Act 2022.