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With the 2019 elections just around the corner, the man at the centre, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has announced the 2019 general elections timetable and schedule of activities.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, announced the guidelines during a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

Yakubu said the notice of election would be communicated on August 17, 2018 in line with Section 30(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 which provides that the notice of election be made not later than 90 days before the election.

He said the conduct of party primaries including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries would take place between August 18 and October 7, 2018.

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The INEC chairman said all political parties should collect forms for all elections latest by August 24, 2018.

Yakubu added, “The campaigns of political parties for Presidential and National Assembly elections should begin by November 18, 2018 while that of governorship and House of Assembly is December 1, 2018.”

The INEC boss said the last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties for the presidential and National Assembly is December 3, 2018 while for governorship and House of Assembly is December 17.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections are expected to hold on February 16, 2019 while the governorship and state legislative elections will hold on March 2, 2019.

The INEC chairman said efforts were being made to increase the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, adding that a portal had been created to notify registered voters when their PVCs were ready.

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