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.
INEC will publish the list of nominated Presidential and National Assembly candidates on January 17, 2019; Governorship and Assemblies elections January 31, 2019.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof.
If you consider the management and logistics 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 party primaries, electioneering campaign, campaign finance, voter education, accreditation of national/international observers and the media, the task is enormous.
INEC will in 2019 conduct elections for 1,558 constituencies, made up of one presidential, 29 governorship out of 36, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies, 991 state assembly, 6 area council chairmanships and 62 councillorship positions of the federal capital territory.
The presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on same day on February 16, 2019, INEC said while briefing journalists on Tuesday.
INEC added that the Anambra central election would hold on January 13, 2018, after receiving mandate from Court of Appeal to conduct a fresh election within 90 days.
On the report that a Federal High Court delivered a judgment may have neutralize holding of re-run in Anambra Central, he explained that no such directive was given to Anambra office of INEC by INEC headquarters.
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Highlights of the detailed timetable approved at its meeting yesterday in Abuja gave all the political parties a deadline of December 3 to submit their candidates for the presidential election.
"Today (Yesterday), it is exactly 402 days to the opening of polling units nationwide at 8am on Saturday 16th February 2019".
The Chairman said that political parties were also expected to submit names of their agents for the elections on February 1, 2019.
Yakubu assured Nigerians that the commission was determined to strictly adhere to the timetable and implement it to the letter.
It said the conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from primaries for national and state elections should be conducted between August 18 and October 7.
He further revealed that political parties would be allowed to commence the campaign for votes, starting with presidential and national assembly candidates on 18th November 2018.
"As political parties and candidates canvass the support of electorate, the commission wishes to appeal to all and sundry to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum".
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