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11 January 2018, 08:00 | Pamela Mathis
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Abuja - Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission says that presidential and national assembly elections will be held on February 16, 2019.
Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Wednesday issued certificates of registration to twenty-one newly registered parties.
The chairman said that the last date for the submission of nomination forms by political parties has also been scheduled for December 3 for president and NASS elections, and Dec, 17 for state elections.
It further noted that the collection of forms for all elections by political parties for nominated candidates at the commission's headquarters is scheduled to hold between August 17th and 24th, 2018.
Yakubu added, "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".
Hundreds of aspirants from 67 political parties are expected to vie in the presidential, governorship, national and state assemblies primaries.
He also announced November 17 as the last date for the withdrawal or replacement of candidate (s) for president and NASS elections, and December 1 for governorship and state house of assembly elections.
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.
Again, the Commission fixed Saturday February 16, 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly elections, while Saturday March 2, 2019 for Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council elections.
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"We are going by the orders of the Court of Appeal that INEC should conduct a fresh election within 90 days and the position of the court has not changed".
The INEC boss urged all the political parties and all and sundry "to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum".
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.
In his words: "The number of political parties is good for plural democracy however political parties must cooperate with the commission for a successful election".
Yakubu assured Nigerians that the commission was determined to strictly adhere to the timetable and implement it to the letter.
"Since the end of tenure of FCT Chairmen and Councillors will end in 2019, the Area Council elections will also hold on Saturday 2nld March 2019".
It said the conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from primaries for national and state elections should be conducted between August 18 and October 7.
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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