INEC releases Timetabe for 2019 General Election

INEC Fixes Date For Anambra Central Senatorial Re-run Election

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has released guidelines and schedule of activities for the election.

The INEC chairman said all political parties should collect forms for all elections latest by August 24, 2018. Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference, noted that under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), there are certain steps from the publication of notice of election to the conduction of polls to be adhered to.

He said commencement of campaign by political parties would be from November 18 for presidential and National Assembly elections.

The presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February16 while governorship and State Assembly elections will be conducted on Saturday, March, 2.

The commission will on October 25, 2018, publish personal particulars of candidates for presidential and national assembly, while those for governorship and state assembly will be published on November 9, 2018.

He also announced November 17 as the last date for the withdrawal or replacement of candidate (s) for president and NASS elections, and December 1 for governorship and state house of assembly elections.

Highlights of the detailed timetable approved at its meeting yesterday in Abuja gave all the political parties a deadline of December 3 to submit their candidates for the presidential election.

INEC added that the Anambra central election would hold on January 13, 2018, after receiving mandate from Court of Appeal to conduct a fresh election within 90 days.

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He added that the conduct of party primaries for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council election has also been scheduled for between September 4 and October 27.

The INEC boss urged all the political parties and all and sundry "to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum". If each of the 68 political parties in Nigeria today fields candidates for all the 1,558 constituencies to be contested in the 2019 general elections, the Commission will grapple with 105,944 candidates.

He assured Nigerians that the commission is up to the task despite the enormous challenges of providing ballot papers for a projected 80 million registered voters, ad hoc staff and the requirements for forward and reverse logistics, monitoring of political parties primaries, electioneering campaign among other.

He said combating the menace require collaborative efforts of all political parties, security agents and INEC officials.

Governorship, National/State Assemblies candidates are also to have been picked on the same date.

The INEC chairman also disclosed that conduct of party primaries, including resolution of disputes arising from such primaries for national and state elections must be concluded between 18th August-7th October 2018.

Chairman of the commission, Prof.

"The Commission is moving away from the culture of quick fix, fire brigade approach to the management of elections in Nigeria".

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