The Acting Registrar/Chief Executive of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Mrs Ijedi Iyoha, has urged politicians to comply with relevant laws and regulations on political advertising, especially in the period leading to the 2019 general elections.
Iyoha made the appeal in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday.
She extended the advice to supporters of candidates, political advertising consultants and owners/managers of mass media organisations.
The APCON chief said that the organisation was contributing its part to ensuring that campaign communications are fair and truthful enough to aid democratic choice by the electorate.
APCON as part of the effort, is collaborating with the Advertising Practitioners Association Abuja Chapter (APAAC) to hold a Stakeholders Forum on Political Communication.
The forum, with the theme: ‘ Ethical Advertising And Communication: A Tool For Enhancing Peace And Political Stability’ is scheduled for Oct. 11, in Abuja.
Iyoha said that the forum was aimed at ensuring that campaign communications are devoid of any traits that could precipitate violent conflicts.
According to her, the forum is organised in anticipation of commencement of campaigns for the 2019 general elections and aims at discussing critical issues around the management of electioneering campaign communication.
“It is also to highlight the rules of engagement applicable to the development and deployment of such communication,” she said.
Iyoha said that the one-day-forum is pertinent to the smooth and healthy operation of the nation’s nascent democratic process.