INEC Releases Timetable for 2019 Elections

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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.

Governorship and state assembly elections will also hold same day on March 2, two weeks after the presidential election.

He also said that the collection of nomination forms for the FCT Area Council elections would commence on November 3 and end on November 10, while the last date for the return of the nomination forms is December 14.

The INEC timetable also fixed commencement of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly election on November 18, 2018, and will end February 14, 2019.

According to the INEC timetable, collection of nomination forms by political parties for national and state elections will done between August 11 and 24, 2018, while conduct of primaries, including resolution of disputes for national and state elections, will be between August 18 and October 7, 2018.

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Deadline for campaigns to begin on February 14, 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections, while February 28, 2018 for Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council Elections.

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".

He also announced November 17 as the last date for the withdrawal or replacement of candidate (s) for president and NASS elections, and December 1 for governorship and state house of assembly elections.

Regarding the spending limit for presidential candidates, Yakubu said the Electoral Act was clear on the matter which "states that no presidential candidate can spend over N1bn, no governorship candidate can spend over N200m and no senatorial candidate can spend over N40m".

Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu told journalists at the headquarters of INEC, that the commission in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the 1999 constitution and the electoral act, 2010 took critical steps before the announcement of schedule of activities for the general elections.

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

Yakubu said that the commission would release the cost of 2019 general elections after its meeting scheduled for Thursday.

The letter drew the attention of the INEC boss to the December 13, consent judgment of J‎ustice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, which declared their client (Okonkwo) as victor of the Anambra Central Senatorial district, and which has not been set aside.

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

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