2019: Parties to increase actions as INEC releases notice of elections

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Ahead of the 2019 general elections the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the notice of activities for the elections.

The notice was pasted friday at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) office of INEC in Abuja.

The notice according to Ndidi Okafor, Head of Voter Education and Publicity Gender and Civil Society Liaison of INEC, FCT was in accordance with section 30 of the Electoral Act 2010.

The notice as pasted showed that collection of nomination forms for national and state elections by political parties is fixed between August 17 and August 24.

Collection of forms for FCT elections will take place between September 3 and September 10.

“The last date for submission of nomination forms by political parties has also been scheduled for December 3 for presidential and National Assembly Elections and state elections December 17.

“The collection of nomination forms for FCT Area Council elections would commence on November 3 to November 10, while the last date for the return of the nomination forms is December 14.

“On October 25 INEC will publish the personal particulars of national election candidates on October 25 and those of the state candidates on November 9.”

Also as part of the guidelines INEC has fixed November 17 as the last date for the withdrawal or replacement of candidates for president and National Assembly elections, and December 1 for governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.

The electoral umpire would on January 2, 2019 publish notice of the polls, and on January 7, 2019 publish official register of voters for the election with the presidential and National Assembly elections coming up on 16 February.

The release of the notice according observers would increase the tempo of activities among Political parties towards beating the various deadlines.

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