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General News of Sunday, 14 August 2022

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2023: Soludo's Anambra seeks to vet campaign materials of all parties, imposes fees

Governor Chukwuma Soludo Governor Chukwuma Soludo

The Anambra State Government under the leadership of Governor Chukwuma Soludo has resolved to vet the campaign materials of all political parties, in the state, before they are shared.

Apart from the materials being approved by the state government, sponsors must also pay various sums to the state government depending on the office being campaigned for and the nature of the materials.

The Managing Director of Anambra Signage and Advertising Agency (ANSAA), Tony Ujubuonu, disclosed this via a public notice, according to a report by The Nation newspaper.

Mr Odili said presidential candidates will pay the state government N10 million each to place their campaign posters anywhere in the state.

He said senatorial candidates will pay N7 million while House of Representatives candidates will pay N5 million to paste their campaign posters in the state.

State assembly candidates are mandated to pay N1 million for the same purpose, he said.

According to the public notice, costs for out-of-home media and mobile advertising were pegged at N100,000 for 48 sheets billboards, N500,000 for spectacular billboards, N500,000 for gantry displays, N100,000 for irregularly shaped billboards, N50,000 for a branded vehicle, and N5,000 for tricycle rear branding.

Mr Odili said the government has banned the use of posters on bridges and road demarcations along the streets of the state.

He also announced that the pasting of campaign posters on street light poles, roundabouts and other public buildings had been prohibited.

According to the notice, materials in advert forms such as posters, public address systems, banners, fliers, bunting, T-shirts, caps and sundries must be fully paid for and approved by the state government.

The government further directed that the payment for posters be made to the government revenue account before pasting anywhere in the state.

“As campaign for 2023 general election officially commences next month, September, Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA) in charge of all forms of advertising in the state wishes to bring some important information to your notice,” the notice reads in part.

It continued, “That every campaign material and advert forms such as posters, public address systems, banners, fliers, buntings, T-shirts, caps and sundries must be duly approved for after full payment of the requisite fee.

“That every billboard must be displayed through a registered advertising practitioner after the advertising content has been vetted by the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.”

It noted that politicians who fail to make the payments would face prosecution before the general elections.

Mr Soludo is a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the decision of the state to vet campaign materials, including those of opposition parties in the state, may be resisted by the opposition parties.

There will be no governorship election in Anambra in 2023 as Mr Soludo was only sworn in in March. However, all other elections will hold in the state.

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