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10 January 2018, 05:24 | Lena Norman
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has officially released the main timetable for the 2019 General elections.
It said the presidential and national assembly primaries will begin in August and campaigning in November of this year.
While the last day for campaign is fixed for February 14, 2019 for presidential and national assembly elections, and February 28, 2019 for governorship and state assembly elections, February 16 is the day set aside for the conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections.
Governorship and state assembly elections will also hold same day on March 2, two weeks after the presidential election.
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.
The INEC chairman said all political parties should collect forms for all elections latest by August 24, 2018.
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.
He also said that the collection of nomination forms for the FCT Area Council elections would commence on November 3 and end on November 10, while the last date for the return of the nomination forms is December 14.
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Regarding the spending limit for presidential candidates, Yakubu said the Electoral Act was clear on the matter which "states that no presidential candidate can spend over N1bn, no governorship candidate can spend over N200m and no senatorial candidate can spend over N40m". If each of the 68 political parties in Nigeria today fields candidates for all the 1,558 constituencies to be contested in the 2019 general elections, the Commission will grapple with 105,944 candidates.
The chairman said that the last date for submission of nomination forms by political parties has also been scheduled for December 3 for president and NASS elections, and state elections December 17.
The INEC official said that a total of 7,670 ad-hoc workers would conduct the election in 1,548 polling units.
He added that January 13 for the conduct of Anambra Central Senatorial bye-election still stands.
According to him, "for the 21 new political parties, it is pertinent to always remember that your certificates of registration not only formalize your status as political parties but also confer obligations on you to operate within the requirements of the law at all times".
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