No Going Back on Election Timetable, INEC Tells NASS

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it will not change the 2019 elections timetable as scheduled.


The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said this at the commission’s quarterly consultative meeting in Abuja on Monday.


According to the INEC timetable, the presidential and National Assembly election will come first, to be followed by the governorship and state assembly election.


Recalled that the federal lawmakers rescheduled the timetable a few weeks ago in which it amended the electoral act so that the national assembly election could hold first and presidential to hold last.


INEC had previously announced last year (2017) that the presidential, as well as National Assembly elections, would hold on February 16, 2019, while the governorship, state assembly and area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory would take place on March 2, 2019.


The national assembly had since transferred the bill to President Muhammadu Buhari to assent but the INEC said that nothing would change the timetable since the commission had been saddled with all responsibilities regarding the election.


“We will continue to prepare for the election according to our own timetable and schedule,” Professor Yakub said.

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