INEC Announces Timetable for 2019 Elections

INEC Announces Timetable for 2019 Elections

PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof.

Political parties must select their candidates for the 2019 presidential election between August 18 and October 7 this year.

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He said in Abuja that the dates for the National Assembly and Presidential elections remain February 16, 2019; while the governorship and State House of Assembly elections, will hold on March 2, 2019.

The electoral chairman also noted that while the elections into the National Assembly will hold alongside the Presidential elections on February 16, 2019, the State Assembly elections will also hold on March 2, 2019 alongside the governorship elections.

Again, the Commission fixed Saturday February 16, 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly elections, while Saturday March 2, 2019 for Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council elections.

However, after the primaries, campaigns only start formally on November 18, INEC said. Mahmood Yakubu, said the only adjustment is that the area council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will now hold simultaneously on the same date with the governorship elections.

The new REC, Dr Mahmuda Isah from Kebbi State who was recently cleared by the National Assembly, was sworn in at the Headquarters of INEC in Abujan thereby bringing the total number of serving RECs to 25.

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The commission also fixed January 2, 2018 for the publication of notice for all elections while January 7, 2018 is fixed for the publication of official register of voters for the election.

He disclosed that 1,558 constituencies elections made up presidential, 29 governorship elections, out of which seven are staggered would be conducted in 2019.

"The commission expects full adherence to the provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act which form the basis of the detailed timetable and schedule of activities", Yakubu stated.

Yakubu assured Nigerians that the commission was determined to strictly adhere to the timetable and implement it to the letter.

"As political parties and candidates canvass the support of electorate, the commission wishes to appeal to all and sundry to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum".

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.

According to him, "for the 21 new political parties, it is pertinent to always remember that your certificates of registration not only formalize your status as political parties but also confer obligations on you to operate within the requirements of the law at all times".

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