Anambra Central: INEC insists on election

Anambra Central: INEC insists on election

Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission says that presidential and national assembly elections will be held on February 16, 2019.

The INEC boss said the commission would conduct elections for 1,558 constituencies made up of one presidential constituency, 29 governorship constituencies out 36 states, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies, 991 state assembly constituencies, six area council chairmen as well as 62 councilor ship positions for the FCT.

The electoral chairman also noted that while the elections into the National Assembly will hold alongside the Presidential elections on February 16, 2019, the State Assembly elections will also hold on March 2, 2019 alongside the governorship elections.

Campaign by political parties is to start on November 18, 2018, for the presidential and national assembly candidates, while governorship and state assembly campaign will begin on December 1, 2018.

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.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections are expected to hold on February 16, 2019 while the governorship and state legislative elections will hold on March 2, 2019.

According to Yakubu, the Commission will on Oct 25 publish the personal particulars of National elections candidates on October 25 and those of the state candidates on November 9. "I wish to seize this opportunity to remind political parties, candidates and other stakeholders that election is a process governed by law".

The last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties is scheduled for December 3, 2018 for presidential and national assembly and December 17, 2018 for governorship and state assembly polls.

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.

The commission also fixed January 2, 2018 for the publication of notice for all elections while January 7, 2018 is fixed for the publication of official register of voters for the election.

He also disclosed that over 100 political associations had applied to INEC to be registered as political parties. Mahmoud Yakubu released the time table and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections in Abuja yesterday.

He added that INEC was determined to build legacy by ensuring that the nation's elections keep getting better.