Political parties and candidates who will be participating in the upcoming general elections are being warned against making promises they knowingly cannot deliver.
This policy has been outlined in a draft of a code of conduct for political parties and political candidates document that the Office of the Deputy Governor released ahead of the upcoming General Election.
The anti-false promise policy specifically states: “Candidates must avoid raising unfulfillable expectations and making unrealistic promises.”
The code of conduct document has also forbidden the practice of personal attacks on the character of any political candidate.
“The emphasis must be on issues rather than personalities. Candidates must also avoid defamation of character of their opponents, their families, and supporters.”
The document — which also forbids publication of false or defamatory allegations about a party or its affiliates — continued: “No abusive attacks or innuendos may be directed to campaigners or their family members for reason of their political affiliation, race, social origins and background, education, gender, religion, or any other reason.”
These rules are being presented amid reports that the current political landscape is being soiled with mudslinging tactics by certain political groups and candidates.
Meanwhile, other prohibited practices include bribery, violence and intimination, and preventing local media from accessing public political meetings, demonstrations, and rallies.
Groups or individuals who do not comply with the regulations outlined in the code of conduct could be subject to penalties, the document said.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Carolyn Stoutt Igwe has said the draft code was developed after conducting research.
The code comprises 11 sections to include general principles, public commitment, prohibited conduct and acts, compliance, duty to cooperate, conduct during the polling period, the announcement of results of the election, respect for journalists, among other things.
Persons are invited to review the code and present feedback by November 12.
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