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11 January 2018, 08:01 | Andy Ferguson
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed political parties to conclude all primary elections by October in readiness for the 2019 general elections.
PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof.
Chairman of INEC Professor Mahmood Yakubu who reeled out activities for the elections, from presidential to state and federal capital territory elections said the processes leading to the February 2019 elections, will begin on the 17th of august 2018, with publication notice of elections, conduct of party primaries, including resolution of disputes arising from it and end on 7th October, 2018.
Governorship and state assembly elections will also hold same day on March 2, two weeks after the presidential election.
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.
Yakubu said the notice of election would be communicated on August 17, 2018 in line with Section 30 (1) of the Electoral 2010 which provides that the notice of election be made not later than 90 days before the election.
This brings the total number of Political Parties in Nigeria to 68.
He said in Abuja that the dates for the National Assembly and Presidential elections remain February 16, 2019; while the governorship and State House of Assembly elections, will hold on March 2, 2019.
"We are going by the orders of the Court of Appeal, and so there will be election for the Anambra Central senatorial rerun on January 13 as scheduled", he said.
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He added that INEC had set December 1 for governorship and State Assembly elections and December 2 for the FCT Area Council elections.
Addressing journalists at the headquarters of the commission yesterday evening, the Chairman of INEC, Prof.
The INEC boss urged all the political parties and all and sundry "to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum".
In his words: "The number of political parties is good for plural democracy however political parties must cooperate with the commission for a successful election". "The Commission is determined to build on this legacy by ensuring that our elections keep getting better", Yakubu pledged.
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.
In addition to outlining the deadline to select candidates, the timetable stated that official campaigns for the presidential parliamentary elections would begin on November 18.
He further revealed that political parties would be allowed to commence the campaign for votes, starting with presidential and national assembly candidates on 18th November 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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