Nigeria: INEC Announces Timetable for 2019 Elections
10 January, 2018, 17:23
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally issued detailed timetable of activities leading to the next general elections in 2019.
The presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on same day on February 16, 2019, INEC said while briefing journalists on Tuesday.
Prof Yakubu said INEC would be conducting elections for 1558 constituencies made up of one presidential constituency, 29 governorship constituencies out of 36 as seven governorship elections are staggered, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies, 991 state assembly constituencies, 6 Area Council chairmen as well as 62 councilor ship positions for the FCT.
INEC also stated date for the submission of nomination forms to start from December 3, 2018 for Presidential and National Assembly, December 17 for Governorship and State Assembly, while December 14, 2018 for the FCT Area Council Elections.
Election campaign for the national and state election will commence on November 18 and December 1 respectively and will end on February 14, 2019 for the presidential and National Assembly elections, and February 28 for the governorship, state Assembly and FCT Area Council elections.
Campaigns for the governorship and state assemblies are scheduled to commence on December the 1, 2018.
The 2015 General Election was a watershed in the history of our democracy.
"As political parties and candidates canvass the support of the electorate, the Commission wishes to appeal to all and sundry to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum".
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.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony, the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu also disclosed that at the end of the 3rd quarter (2017) of the ongoing nationwide CVR exercise, some 3.9 million Nigerians were registered.
The commission will on October 25, 2018, publish personal particulars of candidates for presidential and national assembly, while those for governorship and state assembly will be published on November 9, 2018.
He added that INEC was determined to build legacy by ensuring that the nation's elections keep getting better.
The letter drew the attention of the INEC boss to the December 13, consent judgment of Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, which declared their client (Okonkwo) as victor of the Anambra Central Senatorial district, and which has not been set aside.
According to him, "for the 21 new political parties, it is pertinent to always remember that your certificates of registration not only formalize your status as political parties but also confer obligations on you to operate within the requirements of the law at all times".