The next 36 years is going to be very interesting politically in Nigeria.

Hitherto, dates for general elections are released few months to the elections but the Independent National Electoral Commission, has scored a first.

The Commission on Wednesday announced dates for general elections in the country for the next 36 years, starting from 2019 to 2055.

Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement at a consultative meeting with leaders of political parties in Abuja.

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“In 2019, the dates are February 16 and March 2; in 2023, the dates are February 18 and March 4.
 
“In 2027, the dates are February 20 and March 6; in 2031, it is February 15 and March 1.

“In 2035, it is February 17 and March 3; in 2039, it is February 19 and March 5 and in 2043, it will hold on February 21 and March 7.

“In 2047, it is February 15 and March 2; in 2051, it is February 18 and March 1; in 2055, it is February 20 and March 6,” Yakubu said.

He pointed out that in other democracies of the world, periods of elections are generally known and are not topics for speculation.

Yakubu explained that the aim was to engender certainty in the election calendar and also to allow for long-term planning by the commission and all stakeholders.

He said that certainty in election calendar was necessary to match Nigeria’s democratic system with global best practices.

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