INEC Releases Election Details …Says Parties Must Present Presidential Candidate, Dec 3

INEC Releases Election Details …Says Parties Must Present Presidential Candidate, Dec 3

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed political parties to conclude all primary elections by October in readiness for the 2019 general elections.

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He also disclosed that over 100 political associations had applied to INEC to be registered as political parties.

He said that the notice for elections would be released on August 17, while collection of nomination forms for national and states elections by political parties has been fixed for between Aug 17 and August 24, while that of the FCT is slated from September 3 to Sept 10.

Already, 25 of the 90 fresh applicants have moved to the next stage after scaling the first huddle.

PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof.

The chairman said that the last date for submission of nomination forms by political parties has also been scheduled for December 3 for president and NASS elections, and state elections December 17.

He said: "The number of political parties is good for our plural democracy".

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Orji explained that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is excluded as a court had barred the party from fielding any candidate whenever the election would be re-conducted.

According to the INEC timetable, collection of nomination forms by political parties for national and state elections will done between August 11 and 24, 2018, while conduct of primaries, including resolution of disputes for national and state elections, will be between August 18 and October 7, 2018. Mahmood Yakubu, said the only adjustment is that the area council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will now hold simultaneously on the same date with the governorship elections.

He said in Abuja that the dates for the National Assembly and Presidential elections remain February 16, 2019; while the governorship and State House of Assembly elections, will hold on March 2, 2019.

"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".

"The sequence of the polls begins with the presidential and National Assembly elections, followed by governorship, state Assembly and FCT Area Council elections", Prof.

Mr. Yakubu assured Nigerians that the commission was determined to strictly adhere to the timetable and implement it to the letter.

Orji said that a total of 7,670 ad-hoc workers would be deploy for the conduct of the election holding in 1,548 polling units.

"As a state office, INEC Anambra is not responsible for policy issues, we get our directives from INEC national headquarters and no such directive has been received asking us not to go ahead with Jan.13 re-run in Anambra Central Senatorial District".