INEC announces timetable for 2019 elections

INEC announces timetable for 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally issued detailed timetable of activities leading to the next general elections in 2019.

The INEC boss said the last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties for the presidential and National Assembly is December 3, 2018 while for governorship and House of Assembly is December 17.

Yakubu also announced Saturday, March 2, 2019 as the date for the governorship elections across the 36 states except for Anambra, Bayelsa, Kogi, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun States.

It said the presidential and national assembly primaries will begin in August and campaigning in November of this year.

The INEC chairman said all political parties should collect forms for all elections latest by August 24, 2018.

While the last day for campaign is fixed for February 14, 2019 for presidential and national assembly elections, and February 28, 2019 for governorship and state assembly elections, February 16 is the day set aside for the conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections.

In his words: "The number of political parties is good for plural democracy however political parties must cooperate with the commission for a successful election".

Political parties have been given an October 7 deadline to produce their presidential candidates for the February 16, 2019 presidential election.

While stating that it would make public its budget for the 2019 election on Thursday, the Chairman of INEC, Prof.

The commission according to Mr. Yakubu would on October 25 publish the personal particulars of National elections candidates on October 25 and those of the state candidates on November 9.

The INEC official said that a total of 7,670 ad-hoc workers would conduct the election in 1,548 polling units.

He disclosed that 1,558 constituencies elections made up presidential, 29 governorship elections, out of which seven are staggered would be conducted in 2019. Mahmood Yakubu, announces the activities and timetable for electioneering.

He added that the commission needed the support and cooperation of all stakeholders to succeed, saying the commission expects full adherence to the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act which formed basis of the timetable.

He added that INEC was determined to build legacy by ensuring that the nation's elections keep getting better.

While speaking on the uncertainty over the lingering rerun election for the Anambra Central Senatorial seat, Yakubu said the commission has not changed its position to hold the election on January 13 in obedience to the Appeal Court ruling which ordered it to conduct the said poll not later than 90 days from the date of the judgment.

INEC had previously issued the certificate of registration to the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) following a Federal High Court's order.

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