Awka - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra state has announced that only 14 candidates would participate in the January 13, 2018 re-run election in Anambra Central Senatorial district.
The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu who made the presentation on Wednesday in Abuja to the chairmen of the parties noted that the commission will give equal treatment to all registered political parties.
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.
According to the announcement, Presidential and National Assembly primaries will begin on August 18 while campaigns will commence on November 18, 2018.
"In a clear departure from past practice when dates were announced close to elections, the Commission decided that henceforth our Presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on the 3rd Saturday of the month of February of each election year, while Governorship and State Assembly elections will hold two weeks later".
The commission will on October 25, 2018, publish personal particulars of candidates for presidential and national assembly, while those for governorship and state assembly will be published on November 9, 2018.
INEC will publish the list of nominated Presidential and National Assembly candidates on January 17, 2019; Governorship and Assemblies elections January 31, 2019.
He said that notice for elections would be released on August 17, while collection of nomination forms for national and states elections by political parties has been fixed for between August 17 and August 24, while that of the FCT is slated from September 3 to September 10.More news: Alabama WR Calvin Ridley Declares For NFL Draft
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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.
The present opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) was in government until it was upstaged by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.
Yakubu assured Nigerians that the commission was determined to strictly adhere to the timetable and implement it to the letter.
This is just as the commission stated that it would make public its budget for the 2019 election on Thursday.
He said combating the menace require collaborative efforts of all political parties, security agents and INEC officials.
According to him, the decision of the commission to fix election dates is to engender certainty in the nation's electoral calendar and to enable all stakeholders to prepare adequately for elections, as is the case in many mature and developing democracies.
The final list of candidates for the Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections which will hold simultaneously with national assembly and governorship elections must also reach the Commission by December 14, 2018.
He disclosed that 1,558 constituencies elections made up presidential, 29 governorship elections, out of which seven are staggered would be conducted in 2019.