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INEC Releases 2019 General Elections Timetable
10 January 2018, 05:23 | Melissa Porter
Parties to select candidates for 2019 polls between August & October – INEC
Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable for the 2019 general elections, the fifth that will be conducted since the nation returned to democracy in 1999.Former military leader Olusegun Obasajno won the 1999 election and was re-elected in 2005 before handing over to late Alhaju Shehu Umaru Yar'Adua in 2009.
Yakubu added, "The campaigns of political parties for Presidential and National Assembly elections should begin by November 18, 2018 while that of governorship and House of Assembly is December 1, 2018".
INEC had, March previous year, 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.
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.
According to the INEC timetable, collection of nomination forms by political parties for national and state elections will done between August 11 and 24, 2018, while conduct of primaries, including resolution of disputes for national and state elections, will be between August 18 and October 7, 2018.
"We advised political parties to play by the rules, because we will ensure that we deliver free, fair and credible election, which is now a minimum benchmark for INEC in any election we conduct", he said. The elections into Abuja Area Councils also hold on March 2.
Yakubu said that the INEC would on January 2, 2019 publish notice of the polls, and on January 7, 2019 publish official register of voters for the election.
Giving details of the approved timetable, he said henceforth, presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on the third Saturday of the month of February of each election year, while governorship and state assembly elections will hold two weeks later.
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 had on Tuesday announced the 2019 general election time-table and schedule of activities.
"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".
"And no such directive has been received asking us not to go ahead with Jan.13 re-run in Anambra Central Senatorial District".
He also said the commission would this week issue registration certificates to new political parties.
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