INEC announces timetable for 2019 elections

INEC announces timetable for 2019 elections

Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable for the 2019 general elections, the fifth that will be conducted since the nation returned to democracy in 1999.Former military leader Olusegun Obasajno won the 1999 election and was re-elected in 2005 before handing over to late Alhaju Shehu Umaru Yar'Adua in 2009.

Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner made the disclosure during a stakeholders' meeting in Awka on Wednesday.

The chairman said that the last date for the submission of nomination forms by political parties has also been scheduled for December 3 for president and NASS elections, and Dec, 17 for state elections.

Orji while responding to questions from stakeholders condemned the issue of vote buying which participants complained characterized the last governorship election held on Nov.18, 2017.

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

INEC will publish the list of nominated Presidential and National Assembly candidates on January 17, 2019; Governorship and Assemblies elections January 31, 2019.

This brings the total number of Political Parties in Nigeria to 68.

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.

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He added that January 13 for the conduct of Anambra Central Senatorial bye-election still stands.

The INEC boss urged all the political parties and all and sundry "to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum". Mahmood Yakubu, stated this while addressing pressmen in Abuja yesterday.

The commission made the announcement on Tuesday while outlining the 2019 general election timetable.

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 final list of candidates for the Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections which will hold simultaneously with national assembly and governorship elections must also reach the Commission by December 14, 2018.

The INEC chairman also disclosed that conduct of party primaries, including resolution of disputes arising from such primaries for national and state elections must be concluded between 18th August-7th October 2018. Candidates for the governorship and state assembly will also be given same liberty, effective from December 1, 2018.

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