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INEC releases Timetabe for 2019 General Election

10 January 2018

Scores of People's Democratic Party supporters barricaded the entrance of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Awka, demanding the commission ignore its proposed January 13th Anambra Central Senatorial rerun.

"The sequence of the polls begins with the presidential and National Assembly elections, followed by governorship, state Assembly and FCT Area Council elections", Prof.

Yakubu also announced Saturday, March 2, 2019 as the date for the governorship elections across the 36 states except for Anambra, Bayelsa, Kogi, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun States.

Political parties must select their candidates for the 2019 presidential election between August 18 and October 7 this year.

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Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on February 16, 2019, marking the end of President Muhammadu Buhari's first term.

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According to the time table issued by the commission, all the political parties are expected to submit to INEC names of its presidential candidates latest on December 3, 2018.

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

While fielding questions from journalists, Yakubu said the commission would go ahead with the rerun election for Anambra Central Senate seat fixed for January 13.

The commission will on October 25, 2018, publish personal particulars of candidates for presidential and national assembly, while those for governorship and state assembly will be published on November 9, 2018.

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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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.

"Today (Yesterday), 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 electorate, the commission wishes to appeal to all and sundry to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum".

"The commission expects full adherence to the provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act which form the basis of the detailed timetable and schedule of activities", Yakubu stated. On Monday, 20 November 2017, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja delivered a judgment in favour of Umeh in which it ordered INEC to conduct the re-run election within 90 days of the judgment.

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INEC releases Timetabe for 2019 General Election