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The 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections would hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019, Nigeria’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said.
Two weeks after the February 16 Presidential Election, Governorship and State Assembly elections would follow on March 2…plus elections into Abuja Area Councils, INEC’s says.
INEC said primaries for presidential and National Assembly elections would commence on August 18, 2018.
However, after the primaries, campaigns only start formally on November 18, 2018, while campaigns for the governorship and state assemblies are scheduled to commence on December 1, 2018.
INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu announced the guidelines during a press conference in Abuja Tuesday.
Yakubu said the notice of election would be communicated on August 17, 2018 in line with Section 30(1) of the Electoral 2010 which provides that the notice of election be made not later than 90 days before the election.
He said the conduct of party primaries including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries would take place between August 18 and October 7, 2018.
Forms for elections
The INEC chairman said all political parties should collect forms for all elections on or before August 24, 2018, “The campaigns of political parties for Presidential and National Assembly elections should begin by November 18, 2018 while that of governorship and House of Assembly is December 1, 2018.”
The INEC boss said the last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties for the presidential and National Assembly is December 3, 2018 while for governorship and House of Assembly is December 17.
The INEC chairman said efforts were being made to increase the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, adding that a portal had been created to notify registered voters when their PVCs were ready.