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INEC gives parties Oct 7 deadline to pick presidential

INEC gives parties Oct 7 deadline to pick presidential

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has released guidelines and schedule of activities for the election.

He reminded the REC that his appointment was coming at a time when the commission and indeed Nigerians had begun the countdown to the 2019 general elections.

INEC had, March a year ago, fixed February 16, 2019 for the presidential and National Assembly elections while governorship, state House of Assembly and Area Council polls into the six Area Councils of the Federal Capital Ter- ritory (FCT), Abuja will hold on March 2, 2019.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari beat incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the March 2015 presidential election.

Nigeria's ongoing challenges include the deadly Boko Haram insurgency and a weak economy.

Also in their plea, candidates of different political parties in the rescheduled Anambra central senatorial rerun, complained that the commission did not notify them on their new development to proceed on the conduct of the senatorial rerun.

However, after the primaries, campaigns only start formally on November 18, INEC said.

Sydney commuters facing more train delays
Greens NSW transport spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi blamed the new timetable and said the system was "stretched to the limit". That was exacerbated on Tuesday by an electrical storm, called "an act of God" by NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance .

He also said that the collection of nomination forms for the FCT Area Council elections would commence on November 3 and end on November 10, while the last date for the return of the nomination forms is December 14.

Giving details of the approved timetable, he said henceforth, presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on the third 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.

He also announced November 17 as the last date for the withdrawal or replacement of candidate (s) for president and NASS elections, and December 1 for governorship and state house of assembly elections.

The Commission disclosed that it would conduct elections for 1,558 Constituencies, which includes one Presidential Constituency, 29 Governorship constituencies out of 36, 109 Senatorial Districts, 360 Federal Constituencies, 991 State Assembly Constituencies, 6 Area Council Chairmen and 62 Councillorship positions for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in 2019.

He said combating the menace require collaborative efforts of all political parties, security agents and INEC officials.

"The commission is determined to build on this legacy by ensuring that our elections keep getting better", he said, adding: "The decision of the Commission to fix election dates is to engender certainty in our electoral calendar and enable all stakeholders to prepare adequately for elections, as is the case in any mature and developing democracies".


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