The Independent National Electoral Commission yesterday, released a timetable for the 2019 general election.
PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof.
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.
Orji while responding to questions from stakeholders condemned the issue of vote buying which participants complained characterized the last governorship election held on Nov.18, 2017.
According to the time table issued by the commission, all the political parties are expected to submit to INEC names of its presidential candidates latest on December 3, 2018.
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Campaigns for the governorship and state assembly are scheduled to commence on December the 1, 2018.
The electoral umpire said it would formally lift the ban on political activities for the 2019 general elections on August 17.
The commission says elections for governor, state assembly and other local offices will take place March 2, 2019.
Meanwhile, the commission said it will still go ahead with Saturday's Anambra Central senatorial rerun election despite a Federal High Court judgement that ordered for the swearing-in of a PDP candidate.
"The sequence of the polls begins with the presidential and National Assembly elections, followed by governorship, state Assembly and FCT Area Council elections", Prof. 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.
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He also assured the country that the commission was determined to better the 2015 general elections which became a watershed in the history of the country's democracy.
He said combating the menace require collaborative efforts of all political parties, security agents and INEC officials. 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.
The INEC timetable also fixed commencement of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly election on November 18, 2018, and will end February 14, 2019. "For instance, in 2019 the Commission will conduct elections for 1,558 Constituencies made up of one Presidential Constituency, 29 Governorship constituencies out of 36 (7 Governorship elections are staggered and conducted off-cycle), 109 Senatorial Districts, 360 Federal Constituencies, 991 State Assembly Constituencies, 6 Area Council Chairmen as well as 62 Councillorship positions for the FCT".
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.
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