INEC releases 2019 elections timetable, fixes Feb. 16 for presidential polls


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday released a timetable for the 2019 general election.

The commission made the timetable public through a post on its official social media handle @inecnigeria noting that the general election is only 402 days away.

The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu was quoted in the post as saying: ”Today, it is exactly 402 days to the opening of polling units nationwide at 8:00 am on Saturday 16th February 2019.Let us all join hands to make 2019 our best election ever.”

According to INEC, notice of election commences on August 17th, 2018, quoting Section 30 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) which requires not later than 90 days before the election.

It further noted that the collection of forms for all elections by political parties for nominated candidates at the commission’s headquarters is scheduled to hold between August 17th and 24th, 2018.

The presidential election will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, alongside the national assembly elections will be held on the same day, while governorship and state assembly polls will take place on March 2.

Primaries for the presidential and national assembly elections will start on August 18, 2018, according to INEC.

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

State assembly and area council elections in the federal capital territory will take place on March 2, 2019.


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