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INEC Fixes Dates For Submission Of Candidates’ List

Warns against early campaign

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has instructed political parties to as a matter of urgency begin the submission of the list of candidates (Form CF002) and their personal particulars (Forms CF001) from October 10 to 18, 2018 for presidential and National Assembly elections.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this Monday while delivering his welcome address at the Commonwealth Election Professionals (CEP) training workshop for the Commonwealth African Region in Abuja.

The commission also said that the submission of forms for governorship and state assembly elections will begin from October 22 to November 2, 2018.

It added that going by the provisions of the Electoral Act, the timetable and schedule of activities, campaigns for presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on November 18, 2018, while that of the governorship and state assembly begin on December 1, 2018.

To this end, INEC called on political parties and candidates to strictly adhere to the dates.

Yakubu noted that the theme of the workshop, “Strengthening Electoral Democracy in the Commonwealth African Region”, is topical and relevant, more so that participants are drawn mainly from middle-level officials who actually conduct elections in the field.

Also speaking, the INEC chairman reminded “political parties and candidates that the end of primaries  does not mean the immediate commencement of campaigns”.

Prof. Yakubu stated that Section 99(1) prohibits campaigns by political parties earlier than 90 days before polling day.

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