INEC releases 2019 elections timetable: Parties to conclude primaries October 7

INEC Fixes Date For Anambra Central Senatorial Re-run Election

INEC releases 2019 elections timetable: Parties to conclude primaries October 7

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has presented certificates of registration to the 12 newly registered political parties, saying that they have equal status with any parties.

The INEC chairman said all political parties should collect forms for all elections latest by August 24, 2018.

While speaking on the uncertainty over the lingering rerun election for the Anambra Central Senatorial seat, Yakubu said the commission has not changed its position to hold the election on January 13 in obedience to the Appeal Court ruling which ordered it to conduct the said poll not later than 90 days from the date of the judgment.

Orji while responding to questions from stakeholders condemned the issue of vote buying which participants complained characterized the last governorship election held on Nov.18, 2017. The last day for the submission of nomination forms to INEC is December 3, 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 will publish the list of nominated Presidential and National Assembly candidates on January 17, 2019; Governorship and Assemblies elections January 31, 2019.

"We advised political parties to play by the rules, because we will ensure that we deliver free, fair and credible election, which is now a minimum benchmark for INEC in any election we conduct", he said.

"The last day for campaigns is February 14, 2019 for presidential and National Assembly Elections as well as February 28, 2018 for governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council Elections", he said.

He added that January 13 for the conduct of Anambra Central Senatorial bye-election still stands.

He added that INEC had set December 1 for governorship and State Assembly elections and December 2 for the FCT Area Council elections.

The INEC boss urged all the political parties and all and sundry "to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum".

Newsmen report that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been barred by a court from participating in the election.

The chairman said that political parties were also expected to submit names of their agents for the elections on February 1, 2019.

According to him, the decision of the commission to fix election dates is to engender certainty in the nation's electoral calendar and to enable all stakeholders to prepare adequately for elections, as is the case in many mature and developing democracies.

This is just as the commission stated that it would make public its budget for the 2019 election on Thursday.

Governorship, National/State Assemblies candidates are also to have been picked on the same date.

"As a state office, INEC Anambra is not responsible for policy issues, we get our directives from INEC national headquarters".

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