INEC releases Official 2019 Election Time-table (FULL DETAILS)

Henrietta Brewer
January 10, 2018

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally issued detailed timetable of activities leading to the next general elections in 2019.

INEC will publish the list of nominated Presidential and National Assembly candidates on January 17, 2019; Governorship and Assemblies elections January 31, 2019.

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

It said the presidential and national assembly primaries will begin in August and campaigning in November of this year.

PM- BREAKING INEC releases Official 2019 Election Time-table

Mr. Yakubu said that the conduct of party primaries including resolution of disputes arising from primaries for national and state elections has been slated for between August 18 and 2018 to October 7, 2018.

Campaigns for the governorship and state assembly are scheduled to commence on December the 1, 2018.

The letter further drew the attention of the INEC chairman to a suit filed by Okonkwo marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1294/2017 against INEC and all the participating political parties and their candidates, seeking to stop the rerun, which has been served on the Commission.

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.

The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu who made the presentation on Wednesday in Abuja to the chairmen of the parties noted that the commission will give equal treatment to all registered political parties.

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".

He reminded the REC that his appointment was coming at a time when the commission and indeed Nigerians had begun the countdown to the 2019 general elections.

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

He added that INEC was determined to build legacy by ensuring that the nation's elections keep getting better. On Monday, 20 November 2017, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja delivered a judgment in favour of Umeh in which it ordered INEC to conduct the re-run election within 90 days of the judgment.

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

Yakubu added that the commission would continue to register any of the associations that meets the requirements for registration as specified in the Constitution and Electoral Act.

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