The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday, February 16, 2019 for the presidential and National Assembly elections. The electoral body made the announcement on Thursday, adding that the gubernatorial and state assembly elections and the Federal Capital will hold on March 2, 2019.
INEC also said it would release the timetable for Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections coming up in 2018. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja, said that it has started preparations for the elections in the two states.
“The end-of-tenure governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states will be conducted next year. In keeping with the commission’s tradition of giving all stakeholders ample time to prepare, the timetable and schedule of activities for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections will be released on Thursday,” Yakubu said.
He added that INEC would on Saturday conduct by-election in Eti-Osa state constituency in Lagos state. “Only yesterday, we received the official declaration of vacancy by the Honourable Speaker House of Representatives for the Kware/Wamakko Federal Constituency in Sokoto state. The timetable and schedule of activities for the election would be released on Tuesday.”
Yakubu said that so far 2,786,405 citizens have registered in ongoing CVR exercise of which 1,619,513 representing 58 per cent were males while 1,166,892 (42 per cent) were females.
“In addition, 108,752 unclaimed permanent voters’ cards were collected. The commission has also recorded 132,431 requests for transfer from original places of registration to new locations. We also received 261,429 requests for replacement of PVCs that were damaged, defaced or wrong entries of personal and other details.”