*Presidential and National Assembly elections – Saturday, 16th February 2019.
*Governorship and State Assembly / Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council elections – Saturday, 2nd March 2019.
*Read more on 2019 Nigeria General Elections on nigeriaplaform
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections for Saturday, 16th February, while the Governorship and State Assembly / Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council elections have been scheduled for Saturday, 2nd March 2019.
This meeting was held by the Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Prince Solomon Soyebi, at a press briefing held at the Commission’s Headquarters, Abuja.
Prince Soyebi pointed out that the Commission believes that there should be certainty with regard to the timetable for elections as well as advanced democracies. Said he: “in order to ensure certainty in our dates for Political Parties, Security Agencies, candidates and all stakeholders, the Commission has decided to fix the date for the National Elections for the third Saturday, followed by State elections two weeks later “.
He continued: “To that extent, the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections will be held on Saturday, 16th February 2019, while the Governorship / State Assembly / Federal Capital Territory Area Council Elections will hold on Saturday 2nd March 2019”.
RIVERS RE-RUN: TWENTY THREE ELECTORAL OFFICERS PLACED ON PROHIBITION
The decision of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) informed the Commission that the 23 Electoral Officers have been short-listed.
The Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Prince Solomon Soyebi at a press briefing, held at the Commission Headquarters yesterday, explained the reason for the action. He said: “The Commission has always said that it will cooperate with security agencies for the prosecution of our staff.
He continued: “accordingly, at our meeting today, the Commission resolves to apply the provisions of the INEC Terms and Conditions of Service to all those who have been short-lived, since it is gross misconduct. The penalty for this is interjection. All the 23 Electoral Officers will be placed on a half-hearted salary and will not be charged for their respective cases “.
On the recommendation of the EFCC Report for misconduct during the 2015 General Elections, the IVEC Chairman explained the Commission’s decision to defer its decision on the EFCC report to enable it reconcile with the DPP report. It was said that some of the staff were being prosecuted by the DPP.
Prince Soyebi, used the opportunity to announce the schedule for the Commission’s routine quarterly consultations with stakeholders as follows:
1. Tuesday, 14th March has been scheduled for meeting with Political Parties.
2. Wednesday, 15th March has been scheduled for meeting with Civil Society Organizations.
3. Friday, 17th March has been scheduled for the meeting with the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES)
4. Monday, March 21st March is the day scheduled for meeting with Media organizations?
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