INEC: 2019 campaign starts on August 17

INEC: 2019 campaign starts on August 17

INEC: 2019 campaign starts on August 17

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has released guidelines and schedule of activities for the election.

PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said though the increase in number of political parties is good, it has also increased the task before the electoral body.

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.

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.

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

He, however, assured the gathering that INEC is capable to meet the challenges of grappling with 105,944 candidates as a result of increase in the numbers of political parties that would be participating in the 2019 general elections.

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.

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"We are going by the orders of the Court of Appeal that INEC should conduct a fresh election within 90 days and the position of the court has not changed". 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.

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

Orji explained that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is excluded as a court had barred the party from fielding any candidate whenever the election would be re-conducted.

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. "The Commission is determined to build on this legacy by ensuring that our elections keep getting better", Yakubu pledged.

He re-emphasised that the decision of INEC to fix election dates was "to engender certainty in our electoral calendar and to enable all stakeholders to prepare adequately for elections, as is the case in many mature and developing democracies".

Orji said that a total of 7,670 ad-hoc workers would be deploy for the conduct of the election holding in 1,548 polling units.

He disclosed that 1,558 constituencies elections made up presidential, 29 governorship elections, out of which seven are staggered would be conducted in 2019.

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