Nigerians will go to the polls on February 16, 2019 to decide who will become the country’s President again as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally issued detailed timetable of activities leading to the next general elections in 2019.
On that day, Nigerians will choose whether President Buhari (who is believed to be set to run for another term) will continue in office beyond May 29, 2019 or not.
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.
It said the earlier approved election timetable which scheduled the presidential and National Assembly elections for February 16 and governorship and state assembly polls for March 2, 2019 still stands.
Addressing journalists at the headquarters of the commission yesterday evening, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. 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.
While fielding questions from journalists, Yakubu said the commission would go ahead with the rerun election for Anambra Central Senate seat fixed for January 13.
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 INEC boss said the commission would conduct elections for 1,558 constituencies made up of one presidential constituency, 29 governorship constituencies out 36 states, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies , 991 state assembly constituencies, six area council chairmen as well as 62 councilor ship positions for the FCT.
Highlights of the detailed timetable approved at its meeting yesterday in Abuja gave all the political parties a deadline of December 3 to submit their candidates for the presidential election.
Publication of notice for national and state election would be done on August 17, 2018, while that of the FCT area council elections would be done on September 3 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. Also, primaries for FCT area council elections will be between September4 and October 27, 2018.
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 the governorship and state assembly elections, the campaign will commence December 1, 2018, and end on February 28, 2019.