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Nigeria: INEC Announces Timetable for 2019 Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally issued detailed timetable of activities leading to the next general elections in 2019.

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.

He reaffirmed that Presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February 16, 2019; Governorship/ state Assembly/ FCT Area Council elections are slated March 2, 2019.

Again, the Commission fixed Saturday February 16, 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly elections, while Saturday March 2, 2019 for Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council elections.

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

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. If each of the 68 political parties in Nigeria today fields candidates for all the 1,558 constituencies to be contested in the 2019 general elections, the Commission will grapple with 105,944 candidates.

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He also announced November 17 as the last date for the withdrawal or replacement of candidate (s) for president and NASS elections, and December 1 for governorship and state house of assembly elections.

The INEC official said that a total of 7,670 ad-hoc workers would conduct the election in 1,548 polling units.

Giving details of the approved timetable, he said henceforth, presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on the third Saturday of the month of February of each election year, while governorship and state assembly elections will hold two weeks later.

He added that the commission needed the support and cooperation of all stakeholders to succeed, saying the commission expects full adherence to the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act which formed basis of the timetable.

The INEC boss urged all the political parties and all and sundry "to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum". On Monday, 20 November 2017, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja delivered a judgment in favour of Umeh in which it ordered INEC to conduct the re-run election within 90 days of the judgment.

Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, during the INEC's presentation of certificate of registration to five new political parties, in Abuja on Friday (16/6/17).

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