By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has issued the schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections, fixing party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from same from August 18, 2018 to October 7.
Speaking with journalists, yesterday, in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission arrived at the schedule of activities after its meeting, yesterday.
Anambra Central polls for Jan 13
INEC equally said it would go ahead with its earlier plan to conduct Anambra Central election on January 13.
“We are going by the orders of the Court of Appeal that INEC should conduct a fresh election within 90 days and the position of the court has not changed. So, there will be elections in Anambra Central on January 13, 2018,” Yakubu stated.
According to him, the Publication of Notice of Election for National and State Elections would be on August 17, 2018 while that of the FCT Area Council Elections would be done on September 3, 2018.
Collection of forms
Collection of nomination forms by political parties for national and state elections begins from August 11 to 24 while that of the FCT Area Council elections would be between November 3 and 10, 2018.
Commencement of campaign by political parties would be November 18 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections; December 1 for Governorship and State Assembly elections and December 2 for the FCT Area Council elections.
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.
Presidential, NASS polls
INEC equally 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.
Voters register, the commission added, would also be published on January 7, 2019.
Yakubu said: “Today, it is exactly 402 days to the opening of polling units nationwide at 8 am on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
“As political parties and candidates canvass the support of the electorate, the commission wishes to appeal to all and sundry to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum. The 2015 General Election was a watershed in the history of our democracy. The commission is determined to build on this legacy by ensuring that our elections keep getting better.”
INEC had on March 9, 2017, announced the dates for the 2019 General Elections.
He said: “In a clear departure from past practice when dates were announced close to elections, the Commission decided that henceforth our Presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on the 3rd Saturday of the month of February of each election year, while Governorship and State Assembly elections will hold two weeks later.
“When the end of tenure of the FCT Area Councils coincide with the general election, the FCT Council elections are to be combined with the Governorship and State Assembly elections.
“By these decisions, the commission fixed Saturday, February 16, 2019 as the date for Presidential and National Assembly elections while Govemorship and State Assembly elections will hold on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
“Since the end of tenure of FCT Chairmen and Councillors will end in 2019, the Area Council elections will also hold on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Consequently, while other Nigerians elect their governors and members of state Assemblies, citizens in the FCT will elect Chairmen and Councillors for the Area Councils.”