INEC releases 2019 election time-table

Henrietta Strickland
January 10, 2018

The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the time table for the 2019 general elections.

The INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, who disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement, said that the new REC was sworn in at the Commission's headquarters, Abuja. "So, there will be elections in Anambra Central on January 13, 2018", Yakubu stated.

Yakubu said that the appointment came at a time when INEC and Nigerians had begun the countdown to the 2019 general elections.

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.

Election campaign for the national and state election will commence on November 18 and December 1 respectively and will end on February 14, 2019 for the presidential and National Assembly elections, and February 28 for the governorship, state Assembly and FCT Area Council elections.

He reaffirmed that Presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February 16, 2019; Governorship/ state Assembly/ FCT Area Council elections are slated March 2, 2019.

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". "I wish to seize this opportunity to remind political parties, candidates and other stakeholders that election is a process governed by law. The provisions in the Act have no changed for all categories of candidates contesting election and we will stick to it", he said.

Hundreds of aspirants from 67 political parties are expected to vie in the presidential, governorship, national and state assemblies primaries. The 2015 General Election was a watershed in the history of our democracy.

It said the earlier approved election timetable which scheduled the presidential and National Assembly elections for February 16 and governorship and state assembly polls for March 2, 2019 still stands.

"Since the end of tenure of FCT Chairmen and Councillors will end in 2019, the Area Council elections will also hold on Saturday 2nld March 2019".

The INEC boss said the dates were fixed to engender certainty in the electoral calendar and enable all stakeholders prepare adequately for elections, as is the case in many mature and developing democracies.

"The Commission is moving away from the culture of quick fix, fire brigade approach to the management of elections in Nigeria".

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