LASAA Issues Guidelines On Use Of 2023 Election Campaign Materials

Prince Adedamola Docemo, MD of LASAA

The Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA) has issued a guidelines  on the use of election  campaign materials for the 2023 polls.  

The guidelines were contained in a statement issued on Friday by Adedamola Docemo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LASAA which covers different categories which include billboards, wall drapes, banners, and posters and also outlines penalties for violators.

According to the agencies, materials may only be used on structures operated by outdoor advertising practitioners registered with LASAA, adding that permits must be obtained for such sites and structures on the use of billboards and wall drapes.

For A-Frame, “this may only be placed on road verges, medians on inner streets and must not exceed a size of 2×1 meter (big size) and 0.5×0.5 meters (small size)”, and it “must have a distance of not less than 100 meters between each sign deployed, which must be made of standard and sturdy materials to ensure that they do not drop or block the roads”.

On the use of banners, LASAA said “this may only be displayed on inner roads and streets, subject to the following conditions: a. only if the banner is attached to the wall of a particular building (with the consent/agreement of the building owners) limited to inner streets; b. Not to be tied to poles or public utilities (electric and telecom poles)”.

For posters, “they may be pasted on designated surfaces on inner streets only and are not to be seen on highways, major roads and high streets, and poster must not be pasted on public utility structures, i.e., streetlamp poles, transformers, bridge pillars/barriers, road directional sign, electrical poles, and other unauthorised surfaces,” the statement reads.

“The Agency strongly suggests that political parties and aspirants must refrain from the indiscriminate deployment of campaign posters and embrace the use of other creative and innovative platforms, including Stick in the ground, billboards, mobile A-frames, mobile adverts.”

The agency added that elective office hopefuls must make an official request for allocation of spaces at different locations to deploy sticks-in-the-ground and mobile A-frames. And all advertising materials must be removed after the 2023 elections.

In conclusion, the agency added that for violators, the materials would be removed “without recourse to the owners”.

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