INEC Releases Timetable For 2019 General Elections

INEC Releases Timetable For 2019 General Elections

INEC Releases Timetable For 2019 General Elections

INEC has said the Presidential and National Assembly elections will henceforth hold on the third Saturday of February of every election year.

He said that notice for elections would be released on August 17, while collection of nomination forms for national and states elections by political parties has been fixed for between Aug 17 and August 24, while that of the FCT is slated from September 3 to Sept 10.

The Electoral Body also fixed February 14, 2019 as the last day for Presidential and National Assembly Elections while February 28, 2018 is the last day for Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council Elections.

Yakubu said the appointment came at a time when INEC and Nigerians had begun countdown to the 2019 general elections.

Parties are expected to collect forms for all the elections at the INEC headquarters between August 17 and 24.

INEC will publish the list of nominated Presidential and National Assembly candidates on January 17, 2019; Governorship and Assemblies elections January 31, 2019. Mahmud Yakubu said: "Since the end of tenure of FCT chairmen and councilors will end in 2019, the area council elections will also hold on Saturday 2nd March 2019". But the commission on Thursday commenced training of National Youth Service Corps members for the poll, indicating it would go ahead with the election.

Parties have between November 7 and December 1 to withdraw/replace candidates.

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The presidential and National Assembly elections will come first, followed by the governorship, state assembly and FCT area council elections.

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 INEC boss said the dates were fixed to engender certainty in the electoral calendar and enable all stakeholders prepare adequately for elections, as is the case in many mature and developing democracies.

He warned all political parties to abide strictly with relevant provision of Electoral Act and constitution with regard to commencement of political campaigns.

Yakubu added that the commission would continue to register any of the associations that meets the requirements for registration as specified in the Constitution and Electoral Act.

Justice Tsoho had in the said judgment in reference ordered ‎INEC to issue a Certificate of Return to Obiora Okonkwo as the victor of the Anambra Central Senatorial seat.

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