Campaign for the 2019 general elections will commence on August 17, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared yesterday while releasing the sequence for the polls.
He also said the commission would this week issue registration certificates to new political parties. Mahmood Yakubu said though the increase in number of political parties is good, it has also increased the task before the electoral body.
If you consider the management and logistics of providing ballot papers for a projected 80 million registered voters, ad hoc staff and the requirements for forward and reverse logistics, monitoring of political party primaries, electioneering campaign, campaign finance, voter education, accreditation of national/international observers and the media, the task is enormous.
The presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February16 while governorship and State Assembly elections will be conducted on Saturday, March, 2. The last day for the submission of nomination forms to INEC is December 3, 2018, for Presidential and National Assembly Elections; December 17, for Governorship and State Assembly and December 14, 2018 for the FCT Area Council Elections.
This brings the total number of Political Parties in Nigeria to 68.
Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on February 16, 2019, marking the end of President Muhammadu Buhari's first term.
"Presidential and National Assembly Elections; December 1, for Governorship and State Assembly elections and December 2, for the FCT Area Council elections".
The INEC boss urged all the political parties and all and sundry "to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum". The 2015 General Election was a watershed in the history of our democracy.
He said combating the menace require collaborative efforts of all political parties, security agents and INEC officials.
Yakubu stated that conflicts within political parties affect the commission's preparation for elections just as disputes among political parties on candidature for election.
"The benchmark for financing campaigns is a matter of the Electoral Act".
The final list of candidates for the Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections which will hold simultaneously with national assembly and governorship elections must also reach the Commission by December 14, 2018.
"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".
Parties have between November 7 and December 1 to withdraw/replace candidates.
He disclosed that 1,558 constituencies elections made up presidential, 29 governorship elections, out of which seven are staggered would be conducted in 2019.