INEC Releases Election Details …Says Parties Must Present Presidential Candidate, Dec 3

PM- BREAKING INEC releases Official 2019 Election Time-table

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally released timetable for the 2019 general election in Nigeria. Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference, noted that under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), there are certain steps from the publication of notice of election to the conduction of polls to be adhered to.

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

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Governorship and state assembly elections will also hold same day on March 2, two weeks after the presidential election. The last day for the submission of nomination forms to INEC is December 3, 2018, for Presidential and National Assembly Elections; December 17, for Governorship and State Assembly and December 14, 2018 for the FCT Area Council Elections.

For the governorship and state assembly elections, the campaign will commence December 1, 2018, and end on February 28, 2019.

Highlights of the detailed timetable approved at its meeting yesterday in Abuja gave all the political parties a deadline of December 3 to submit their candidates for the presidential election.

INEC had, March past 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.

INEC will in 2019 conduct elections for 1,558 constituencies, made up of one presidential, 29 governorship out of 36, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies, 991 state assembly, 6 area council chairmanships and 62 councillorship positions of the federal capital territory.

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The INEC boss urged all the political parties and all and sundry "to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum".

The Chairman said that political parties were also expected to submit names of their agents for the elections on February 1, 2019.

He also assured the country that the commission was determined to better the 2015 general elections which became a watershed in the history of the country's democracy.

Mr. Yakubu said that the conduct of party primaries including resolution of disputes arising from primaries for national and state elections has been slated for between August 18 and 2018 to October 7, 2018.

"As a state office, INEC Anambra is not responsible for policy issues, we get our directives from INEC national headquarters".

The election will be conducted in seven local government areas that constitute Anambra Central Senatorial District namely: Awka North, Awka South, Idemili North, Idemili South, Aniocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia.

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.

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