2023 General Election: Political Parties Must Reveal The Source Of Their Campaign Funding- INEC
In addition to adhering to the laws governing campaign finance and expenditure caps, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the country’s registered political parties are required to identify the sources of their campaign funding.
In an exclusive interview with Trust TV, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, said this.
He claims that there are restrictions on what individuals can give to campaign funding because they are only permitted to do so within specific bounds.
“The party also has its own limitations as to what it can spend including where the money is coming from and the responsibility for full disclosure for transparency. The limits are in the law actually.
“These are in the law and they must be obeyed and respected,” Yakubu said.
The Head of INEC reaffirmed that parties are not permitted to accept financial contributions from abroad and that any money received by a party from abroad must be handed to the commission.
He also said that “Any organisation that operates an online platform is susceptible to hacking but our defense system is very robust. But I am sure you don’t expect me on national and international television to say exactly how we are going to defend our system but we are satisfied that our defence system are robust.”
Yakubu added that the commission cleans up the data after every registration and that in doing so, it removes individuals who are not allowed to be registered under the law. He was referring to the ineligible registrants in the recently completed Continuous Voter Registrations (CVR).
“Nigerians are not allowed to register more than once, so those who are engaged in multiple registrations we removed their data, so that was what we did. But the law requires also that once we do so, we should also throw the register open to Nigerians for claims and objections by citizens.
“And the law specifically requires the commission to publish the hard copies of the register in all the 8,809 wards nationwide, as well as 774 local government areas. Now the idea is for citizens to help INEC to further clean-up of the register.
“So, there will be two stages, we are about to complete the cleaning up of new registrants, we will add the data of fresh registrants that are eligible or valid to the existing register of 84m and then publish the entire register nationwide for citizens to help us clean it up further.”
However, he gave the assurance that the commission will make all necessary security arrangements to guarantee the safety of voters, voting materials, and electoral workers during the conduct of the general elections in 2023.