INEC releases 2019 elections timetable: Parties to conclude primaries October 7

INEC Fixes Date For Anambra Central Senatorial Re-run Election

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.

Addressing the leadership of the newly registered parties at the certificate presentation ceremony held at the INEC headquarters, the Commission's Chairman, Prof.

Mr. Yakubu said that political campaigns by political parties for Presidential Election and NASS elections would commence on November 18 and end on January 14, 2019; while that of governorship and State Houses of Assembly would start on December 1 and end on February 28, 2019.

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.

Campaigns for the governorship and state assembly are scheduled to commence on December the 1, 2018.

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.

Meanwhile, the commission said it will still go ahead with Saturday's Anambra Central senatorial rerun election despite a Federal High Court judgement that ordered for the swearing-in of a PDP candidate.


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. 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. 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.

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

The commission according to Mr. Yakubu would on October 25 publish the personal particulars of National elections candidates on October 25 and those of the state candidates on November 9.

According to Yakubu, the Commission will on Oct 25 publish the personal particulars of National elections candidates on October 25 and those of the state candidates on November 9.

"The benchmark for financing campaigns is a matter of the Electoral Act".

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.

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