2023: Nigeria Bans Masquerades From Taking Part In Political Campaigns
Masquerades of any kind are no longer allowed to take part in any electioneering campaign in Nigeria.
This is contained in the new Electoral Law 2022 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In previous elections, masquerades were usually seen during campaigns across the country.
There were some masquerades decorated with the logos of political parties the masqueraders were supporting.
This use of masquerades is mostly common in the Southern states and some states in the North Central of Nigeria.
But, with the new Electoral Law, the presence of masquerades is no longer allowed at any political rally.
Section 92 (4) of the new Electoral Law stipulates that no candidate or aspirant should employ masquerades for any purpose during campaigns.
“Masquerades shall not be employed or used by any political party, aspirant or candidate during political campaigns or for any other political purpose,” it is clearly stated.
The law recommends that any candidate or aspirant who violates the law commits an offence and is liable to a maximum fine of N1,000,000 or imprisonment for a term of 12 months.