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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Finally, INEC Releases 2019 Election Time Table

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has issued the timetable and calendar of exercises for the 2019 General Elections, settling the direct of gathering primaries including the determination of question emerging from primaries for August 18, 2018 to October 7, 2018 for national and state decisions while that of the FCT Area Council is slated for between September 4 and October 27, 2018. 

Talking with columnists Tuesday in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the commission touched base at the calendar of exercises after its gathering hung around the same time. 

INEC similarly said it would proceed with its prior arrangement to lead the Anambra Central decision on January 13. 

"We are passing by the requests of the Court of Appeal that INEC should lead a crisp decision inside 90 days and the position of the court has not changed. In this way, there will be races in Anambra Central on January 13, 2018", Yakubu expressed. 

As indicated by 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. 

Accumulation of designation frames by political gatherings for national and state races starts from August 11 to 24 while that of the FCT Area Council races would be between November 3 and 10, 2018. 

Initiation of crusade by political gatherings would be November 18 for. Presidential and National Assembly Elections; December 1 for Governorship and State Assembly decisions and December 2 for the FCT Area Council races. 

The most recent day for the accommodation of selection structures 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 similarly settled the most recent day for crusades for February 14, 2019, for Presidential and National Assembly Elections and additionally February 28, 2018, for Governorship, State Assembly, and FCT Area Council Elections. 

"Today, it is precisely 402 days to the opening of surveying units across the country at 8am on Saturday sixteenth February 2019. As political gatherings and competitors peddle the help of the electorate, the Commission wishes to speak to one and all to shun intensity and lead their exercises with respectability. 

The 2015 General Election was a watershed ever. The Commission is resolved to expand on this heritage by guaranteeing that our races continue showing signs of improvement", Yakubu promised. 

INEC had on March 9, 2017, reported the dates for the 2019 General Elections. 

"In an unmistakable takeoff from past training when dates were declared near decisions, the Commission chose that consequently our Presidential and National Assembly races will hang on the third Saturday Of the long stretch of February of every race year, while Governorship and State Assembly races will hold two weeks after the fact. At the point when the finish of the residency of the FCT Area Councils match with the general decision, the FCT Council races are to be joined with the Governorship and State Assembly races. 

By these choices, the Commission settled Saturday sixteenth February 2019 as the date for Presidential and National Assembly races while Governorship and State Assembly races will hang on Saturday second March 2019. Since the finish of the residency of FCT Chairmen and Councilors will end in 2019, the Area Council decisions will likewise hang on Saturday 2nld March 2019. 

Thus, while different Nigerians choose their Governors and Members of State Assemblies, natives in the FCT will choose Chairmen and Councilors for the Area Councils", the INEC manager reviewed. 

As indicated by him, the choice of the Commission to settle decision dates is to cause sureness in the country's discretionary logbook and to empower all partners to get ready satisfactorily for races, similar to the case in many develop and creating vote based systems. 

"As of now, the Commission has finished up its Strategic Plan and the Strategic Plan of Action for the current constituent cycle and past covering the period 2017-2021 and also Election Project Plan. The Commission is moving far from the way of life of convenient solution, tire detachment way to deal with the administration of races in Nigeria. 

As our popular government develops, the arranging and execution of discretionary exercises ought to be unsurprising and efficient. 

This is all the more relevant given the size and populace of the nation, the landscape, strategic necessities, the expanding number of political gatherings, security challenges and various voting demographics for which races are to be held. For example, in 2019 the Commission will lead decisions for 1,558 Constituencies made up of one Presidential Constituency, 29 Governorship voting public out of 36 (7 Governorship races are amazed and led off-cycle), 109 Senatorial Districts, 360 Federal Constituencies, 991 State Assembly Constituencies, 6 Area Council Chairmen and in addition 62 Councillorship positions for the FCT", Yakubu included. 

He said INEC will today additionally issue testaments of enlistment to 21 new political gatherings who were enrolled a month ago.

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