The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally issued detailed timetable of activities leading to the next general elections in 2019.
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.
Political parties must select their candidates for the 2019 presidential election between August 18 and October 7 this year..
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.
The INEC chairman further added that the REC was assuming office at the 1st quarter in 2018 of the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, an exercise which he stressed was critical to the success of the 2019 general elections.
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.
The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu who made the presentation on Wednesday in Abuja to the chairmen of the parties noted that the commission will give equal treatment to all registered political parties.
The last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties is scheduled for December 3, 2018 for presidential and national assembly and December 17, 2018 for governorship and state assembly polls.
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.
Yakubu said that the INEC would on January 2, 2019 publish notice of the polls, and on January 7, 2019 publish official register of voters for the election. Mahmoud Yakubu released the time table and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections in Abuja yesterday.
The letter drew the attention of the INEC boss to the December 13, consent judgment of Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, which declared their client (Okonkwo) as victor of the Anambra Central Senatorial district, and which has not been set aside.
Yakubu added that the commission would continue to register any of the associations that meets the requirements for registration as specified in the Constitution and Electoral Act.