PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

GUIDELINES ON THE USE AND DISPLAY OF CAMPAIGN BILLBOARDS, POSTERS AND ELECTORAL MATERIALS FOR THE ABA NORTH/SOUTH FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY BYE-ELECTION SCHEDULED FOR 27TH MARCH 2021


Pursuant to the structures for Signage and Advertisement Agency Law No. 9 of 2012, all aspirants for the House of Representatives vacant seat in the March 27 Aba North/South Federal Constituency bye-election shall comply with the following Regulations;


REGISTRATION:
All party aspirants across the State should register with ABSAA Headquarters 190 Aba Road, Umuahia and obtain an approval for displaying and deployment of their campaign materials.


BILLBOARD & WALL DRAPES:
Political campaigns may only be deployed on existing structures owned and operated by outdoor Advertising Practitioners who are registered with the Agency and have obtained Permits for such sites and structures.


Parties interested in deploying political campaigns may contact ABSAA or owners of the proposed structures for clarification.
The Agency strongly suggests that political parties and aspirants refrain from indiscriminate deployment of campaign poster and embrace the use of other creative and innovative platforms including:
a. Free Standing Post
b. Billboards
c. Mobile “A”-Frames
d. Mobile Adverts
e. Posters
Posters shall not be pasted on Public utility structures (i.e Street lamps poles, transformers, road directional sign, electric poles, road divides pavements, road ways and other unauthorized surfaces).
PENALTIES:

  1. Illegally deployed political campaigns (on unauthorized billboard/wall drapes) and non-conforming political campaign would be removed, with revocation order served on the owners.
  2. Political campaign materials deployed at prohibited locations would be removed without recourse to the owners.
  3. Aspirants or Candidates, whether successful or not at the various polls of primary elections or elections proper who defaulted any of these ABSAA guidelines shall be prosecuted in accordance with Law No. 9 of 2012 of Abia State Signage and advertisement Agency.
    NOTE: These guidelines are issued in accordance with the Agency’s responsibilities as provided under its enabling law (The Structures for Signage and Advertisement Agency, Abia Law No.9 of 2012 as amended) which regulates and controls outdoor signage, advertisement and hoardings in Abia State.
    These guidelines are issued to establish sanity and protect the environment from defilement and defects of uncontrolled display of political campaign materials within the State during and after the electioneering period.
    These guidelines are issued without prejudice to any political party, association or aspirant as it is our intention to ensure fairness and equality amongst all concerned stakeholders while judiciously performing our duty and applying the rules without sentiments or bias.
    ABSAA wishes to reiterate her readiness to assist and cooperate with all political parties, politicians, campaigners and their supporters in ensuring they have a hitch-free political participation, while also stating that impunity and lawlessness in the deployment of political campaign advertisement materials will not be tolerated by the Agency.
    Furthermore, all political campaign advertisement materials MUST be removed immediately after the March 27 2021 bye- Elections. The ban on sponsored political campaigns still subsists. Display of electoral and campaign materials are only allowed in Abia State for the March 27, 2021 Aba North and South Federal Constituency bye-election.
    Let wise counsel prevail.

Hon. Tony Otuonye
General Manager
Abia State Signage and Advertisement Agency

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