INEC gives parties Oct 7 deadline to pick presidential

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.

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

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

As Nigerians gear up for the elections, former minister of education, Ngozi Ezekwesili has said it is time to end the rule of the minority political elite holding the country to hostage and causing stagnancy over the past few decades.

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

He also said the commission would this week issue registration certificates to new political parties. Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference, noted that under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), there are certain steps from the publication of notice of election to the conduction of polls to be adhered to.

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

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

He implored the cooperation of the political parties.

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.

Mr. Yakubu said that political campaigns by political parties for Presidential Election and NASS elections would commence on November 18 and end on January 14, 2019; while that of governorship and State Houses of Assembly would start on December 1 and end on February 28, 2019.

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.

INEC will in 2019 conduct elections for 1,558 constituencies, made up of one presidential, 29 governorship out of 36, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies, 991 state assembly, 6 area council chairmanships and 62 councillorship positions of the federal capital territory.

According to Yakubu, the Commission will on Oct 25 publish the personal particulars of National elections candidates on October 25 and those of the state candidates on November 9.

The presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on same day on February 16, 2019, INEC said while briefing journalists on Tuesday.

Governorship, National/State Assemblies candidates are also to have been picked on the same date.

The INEC chairman also restated the reason why his Commission gave 16th February 2019 as the date for conduct for presidential and national assembly elections, while governorship and state assembly would hold on 2nd March 2019.

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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