INEC gives parties Oct 7 deadline to pick presidential

INEC gives parties Oct 7 deadline to pick presidential

INEC gives parties Oct 7 deadline to pick presidential

This was made known by the commission's Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, while unveiling the timetable and scheduled activities for the 2019 general elections.

The INEC timetable also fixed commencement of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly election on November 18, 2018, and will end February 14, 2019.

According to the timetable, political parties were given December 3 and 17, 2018 deadline to submit their presidential and governorship candidates for the election while party primaries, including resolution of disputes arising therefrom, will hold between August 18 and October 7 this year.

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.

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 August 17 and August 24, while that of the FCT is slated from September 3 to September 10.

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While stating that it would make public its budget for the 2019 election on Thursday, the Chairman of INEC, Prof.

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.

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.

He assured Nigerians that the commission is up to the task despite the enormous challenges of providing ballot papers for a projected 80 million registered voters, ad hoc staff and the requirements for forward and reverse logistics, monitoring of political parties primaries, electioneering campaign among other.

"The commission is determined to build on this legacy by ensuring that our elections keep getting better", he said, adding: "The decision of the Commission to fix election dates is to engender certainty in our electoral calendar and enable all stakeholders to prepare adequately for elections, as is the case in any mature and developing democracies".

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"Today (Yesterday), it is exactly 402 days to the opening of polling units nationwide at 8am on Saturday 16th February 2019".

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

While speaking on the uncertainty over the lingering rerun election for the Anambra Central Senatorial seat, Yakubu said the commission has not changed its position to hold the election on January 13 in obedience to the Appeal Court ruling which ordered it to conduct the said poll not later than 90 days from the date of the judgment.

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

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