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INEC RELEASES ELECTION TIMETABLE

Campaign for the Presidential and Governorship elections in 2019 will begin in November this year.

According to a timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) campaign for presidential and National Assembly election will start on November 18, while the campaign for the Governorship will begin on 2nd November.

Party primaries including the resolution of disputes arising from primaries have been fixed for between August 18, 2018 to October 7, 2018 for National and State elections.

INEC National Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu told journalists that the Commission arrived at the schedule of activities after its meeting in Abuja.

According to him, the Publication of Notice of Election for National and State Elections would be on August 17, 2018.

Collection of nomination forms by political parties for National and State elections begin from August 11 to 24.

The last day for the submission of nomination forms to INEC is December 3, 2018 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections while December 17 for Governorship and State Assembly December 14, 2019.

INEC equally fixed the last day for campaigns for February 14, 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections as well as February 28, 2018 for Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council Elections.

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

“In a clear departure from past practice when dates were announced close to elections, the Commission decided that henceforth 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, says INEC boss, Yakubu

By these decisions, the Commission fixed Saturday 16th February 2019 as the date for Presidential and National Assembly elections while Governorship and State Assembly elections will hold on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

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