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A human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) to lift the ban on campaigns ahead 2019 elections.

Concise News understands that Falana made the call in a reaction to the postponement of the 2019 election by Inec. 

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Inec had shifted the presidential and National Assembly members from February 16th to 23 due to logistical reasons.

It also moved the governorship and state houses of assembly polls from March 2nd to 9th.

However, Falana has berated the electoral body for shifting the poll, hours to the date.

In a statement on Sunday, he cited several sections of the Nigerian law and called on Inec to reverse the ban on election campaigns.

“By virtue of section 26 of the Electoral Act, an election may be postponed if a serious breach of peace or violence is likely to occur or on account of a natural disaster or other emergencies.0

“To prevent any abuse of power the reasons for postponement of any election must be cogent and verifiable.”

He added that “any postponement of elections on account of logistical or operational reasons cannot be justified under the Electoral Act or the Constitution.

“Since general elections had been postponed on two previous occasions due to lack of adequate preparations the Independent National Electoral Commission ought to have prevented the shifting of the 2019 general election.

“Even though all the political parties have blamed INEC for the postponement some of them contributed to the national shame and embarrassment.”

Furthermore, he said “Since elections have been shifted the period of the campaign has also shifted and will end 24 hours to the new polling day.

“Therefore, the limitation of campaign imposed by INEC should be reversed without any delay.

“Furthermore, INEC should comply with all valid and subsisting court orders with respect to the candidates sponsored by political parties for the general elections.

“Otherwise, the courts may annul some of the elections conducted by INEC on grounds of exclusion of qualified candidates.”