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Anambra imposes N10m fee on presidential campaign poster

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Anambra State government will charge N10 million from a presidential candidate in the 2023 election in order to have place campaign poster.

A Senatorial candidate will pay N7 million for the same purpose, while a House of Representatives candidate will be charged N5 million and a state Assembly candidate will pay N1 million.

According to the time table of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the campaign for governorship and state assembly elections kicks off on 12 October.

In a public notice signed by the Managing Director/CEO of Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency (ANSAA), Mr Tony Odili Ujubuone, costs for out of home media and mobile advertising are pegged at  N100,000 for 48 sheets billboards; N500,000 for spectacular billboards; N500,000 gantry displays; N100,000 for irregular shaped billboard; N50,000 for branded vehicle; and N5,000 for commercial tricycle (keke) rear branding.

In the notice, the state government also banned the use of posters on bridges and road demarcations along the streets.

Ujubuone 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.

Every billboard is required to be displayed through a registered advertising practitioner after the advertising content has been vetted by the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria.

The notice stated that politicians who fail to make the payments would face prosecution before the general elections.

There will be no governorship election in the state in 2023 as that falls within the election offseason period.

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