INEC releases timetable for 2019 general elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released guidelines and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections.
INEC Chairman , Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said in Abuja at a press conference on Tuesday that the Presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February 16, 2019 while the governorship and state legislative elections will hold on March 2, 2019.
The political parties have between August 18 and October 7 to pick candidates for all the elections.Yakubu said all political parties should collect forms for all elections latest by August 24, 2018.
The campaign for Presidential election will kick off on November 18 and end on February 14, 2019 while the governorship/state assemblies’ campaign will hold between December 1 and February 28, 2019
Parties are expected to collect forms for all the elections at the INEC headquarters between August 17 and 24.
The last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties for the presidential and National Assembly is December 3, 2018 while governorship and House of Assembly is December 17.
Yakubu 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.
Yakubu said the Electoral Act was clear on the spending limit for presidential candidates. According to him, it “states that no presidential candidate can spend over N1bn, no governorship candidate can spend over N200m and no senatorial candidate can spend over N40m.”
He said ,“the benchmark for financing campaigns is a matter of the Electoral Act. The provisions in the Act have no changed for all categories of candidates contesting election and we will stick to it.”