“Fixing the dates and release of timetable does not mean commencement of political campaign.

“I want to use this opportunity to draw the attention of political parties and politicians that are already going round the country campaigning that INEC, the only agency empowered to release schedule of activities, has not done so."

That's according to the Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

He said this at a quarterly consultative meeting with the media in Abuja on Tuesday.

Yakubu explained that the commission's decision to release the dates for the elections did not give politicians or political parties the permission to start soliciting for electoral support.

“Anything that anybody does now in that regard is illegal, against the law. They should wait for the timetable of the elections,” he said.

The INEC chairman disclosed that the commission was already working on the budget for the general elections.


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“As you are aware, we have concluded the strategic plan. We are now working on the Election Project Plan, which we hope to conclude by this time next week.

“Once we conclude the Election Project Plan, a number of activities will commence; one of them is the election budget. We are working to know how much 2019 election will cost this country.

“We will not be able to give you a figure now because we are working on the project plan,’’ he said.

On underage voters, Yakubu said that INEC would never register any underage person or allow such people to vote during elections.

He explained that the picture of underage voters on queue during elections, which went virile in the social media, was discovered to be those queuing for their aged parents or pregnant mothers.

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