Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

INEC Releases Timetable for 2019 Elections

INEC Releases Timetable for 2019 Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has presented certificates of registration to the 12 newly registered political parties, saying that they have equal status with any parties.

Governorship and state assembly elections will also hold same day on March 2, two weeks after the presidential election. 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.

According to the announcement, Presidential and National Assembly primaries will begin on August 18 while campaigns will commence on November 18, 2018.

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

INEC had, March a year ago, fixed February 16, 2019 for the presidential and National Assembly elections while governorship, state House of Assembly and Area Council polls into the six Area Councils of the Federal Capital Ter- ritory (FCT), Abuja will hold on March 2, 2019.

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.

The 2019 general election is going to be a straight battle between the same rival parties as INEC Chairman, Prof.

According to Yakubu, the Commission will on Oct 25 publish the personal particulars of National elections candidates on October 25 and those of the state candidates on November 9.

The last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties is scheduled for December 3, 2018 for presidential and national assembly and December 17, 2018 for governorship and state assembly polls.

While fielding questions from journalists, Yakubu said the commission would go ahead with the rerun election for Anambra Central Senate seat fixed for January 13.

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.

"Today is exactly 402 days to the opening of polling units nationwide at 8 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 16, 2019".

Yakubu said that the commission would release the cost of 2019 general elections after its meeting scheduled for Thursday.

The INEC boss urged all the political parties and all and sundry "to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum". On the issue of Anambra central senatorial rerun elections, billed for Saturday January 13, INEC insisted that the election will hold.

Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, during the INEC's presentation of certificate of registration to five new political parties, in Abuja on Friday (16/6/17).

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