INEC Releases Timetable For 2019 General Elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the time table for the 2019 general elections.

Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu told journalists at the headquarters of INEC, that the commission in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the 1999 constitution and the electoral act, 2010 took critical steps before the announcement of schedule of activities for the general elections.

The umpire said primaries for presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on August 18.

The presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February16 while governorship and State Assembly elections will be conducted on Saturday, March, 2.

Hundreds of aspirants from 67 political parties are expected to vie in the presidential, governorship, national and state assemblies primaries.

The Commission disclosed that it would conduct elections for 1,558 Constituencies, which includes one Presidential Constituency, 29 Governorship constituencies out of 36, 109 Senatorial Districts, 360 Federal Constituencies, 991 State Assembly Constituencies, 6 Area Council Chairmen and 62 Councillorship positions for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in 2019.

"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.

It said the earlier approved election timetable which scheduled the presidential and National Assembly elections for February 16 and governorship and state assembly polls for March 2, 2019 still stands.

"And no such directive has been received asking us not to go ahead with Jan.13 re-run in Anambra Central Senatorial District".

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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".

He said combating the menace require collaborative efforts of all political parties, security agents and INEC officials.

Newsmen report that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been barred by a court from participating in the election.

He re-emphasised that the decision of INEC to fix election dates was "to engender certainty in our electoral calendar and to enable all stakeholders to prepare adequately for elections, as is the case in many mature and developing democracies".

Governorship, National/State Assemblies candidates are also to have been picked on the same date.

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.

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

Parties have between November 7 and December 1 to withdraw/replace candidates. Already, the Commission has concluded its Strategic Plan and the Strategic Plan of Action for the current electoral cycle and beyond covering the period 2017-2021 as well as Election Project Plan.

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