INEC timetable: Campaign for 2019 polls in November



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    Nigerians voting in an election: campaigning begins November

    Campaign for the presidential and governorship elections in 2019 will start in November, the  Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC mentioned in a   timetable launched right now.

    According to the timetable, marketing campaign for the  presidential and National Assembly election will begin on Nov. 18, whereas the marketing campaign for the  governorship will start on Nov. 2.

    Party primaries together with the decision of disputes arising from primaries  have been mounted for between August 18, 2018 to October 7, 2018 for nationwide and state elections.

    Primaries for the  FCT Area Council are slated for between September four and October 27, 2018.

    INEC National Chairman, Mahamood Yakubu informed journalists Tuesday in Abuja, that the fee arrived on the schedule of actions after its assembly held on right now.

    According to him, the Publication of Notice of Election for National and State Elections could be on August 17, 2018 whereas that of the FCT Area Council Elections could be completed on September three, 2018.

    Collection of nomination varieties by political events for nationwide and state elections begins from August 11 to 24 whereas that of the FCT Area Council elections could be between November three and 10, 2018.

    Commencement of marketing campaign for the FCT Area Council elections will start on  December 2.

    The final day for the submission of nomination varieties to INEC is December three, 2018 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections; December 17 for Governorship and State Assembly and December 14, 2018 for the FCT Area Council Elections.

    INEC equally mounted the final day for campaigns for February 14, 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections in addition to February 28, 2018 for Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council Elections.

    “Today, it is exactly 402 days to the opening of polling units nationwide at 8am on Saturday 16th February 2019. 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. The 2015 General Election was a watershed in the history of our democracy. The Commission is determined to build on this legacy by ensuring that our elections keep getting better”, Yakubu mentioned .

    INEC had on March 9, 2017, introduced the dates for the 2019 General Elections. “In a transparent departure from previous apply when dates had been introduced near elections, the Commission determined that henceforth our Presidential and National Assembly elections will maintain on the third Saturday Of the month of February of every election yr, whereas Governorship and State Assembly elections will maintain two weeks later.

    When the top of tenure of the FCT Area Councils coincide with the overall election, the FCT Council electios are to be mixed with the Governorship and State Assembly elections.

    By these choices, the Commission mounted Saturday 16th February 2019 because the date for Presidential and National Assembly elections whereas Govemorship and State Assembly elections will maintain on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

    Since the top of tenure of FCT Chairmen and Councillors will finish in 2019, the Area Council elections may also maintain on Saturday 2nd March 2019. Consequently, whereas different Nigerians elect their Governors and Members of State Assemblies, residents within the FCT will elect Chairmen and Councillors for the Area Councils”, the INEC boss mentioned.

    In 2019 the Commission will conduct elections for 1,558 Constituencies made up of 1 Presidential Constituency, 29 Govemorship constituencies out of 36 (7 Govemorship elections are staggered and performed off-cycle), 109 Senatorial Districts, 360 Federal Constituencies, 991 State Assembly Constituencies, 6 Area Council Chairmen in addition to 62 Councillorship positions for the FCT”, Yakubu added. He mentioned INEC will right now additionally subject certificates of registration to 21 new political events who had been registered final month.