INEC Releases 2015 Election Timetable

The Presidential and National Assembly ballots are to hold on February 14, 2015, according to a timetable just released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the general elections.

The commission equally released the timetable for the conduct of elections in Osun and Ekiti states later this year.

According to a statement by the INEC Secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, the governorship and state House of Assembly elections would on February 28.

The statement shows that June 21 has been set aside for the conduct of the Ekiti State governorship election, while the Osun State gubernatorial polls has been scheduled for August 9.

In Ekiti State, where the governor’s term in office expires on October 15, the detailed timetable for the governorship election indicates that the commission shall issue notice for the election on March 3.

    Commencement of campaigns for the polls begins on March 23 while collection of forms for candidates by their political parties starts on April 1.

    The commission has also set aside publication of notice of poll for June 4.

    The table also shows that submission of names of party agents for the polls to the electoral officer of the local Government or area council has been fixed for June 5. The last day for campaigns would be June 19.

    The statement read in part: “The tenure of office of the governor of Ekiti State will expire on the 15th day of October 2014. By virtue of the provision of Section 178(2) of the Constitution  of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Governorship election in the State shall hold not earlier than one hundred and fifty (150) days and not later than thirty (30) days before the expiration of the term of office of the Governor. The commission is by virtue of Section 30 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) expected to issue notice for the election not later than ninety (90) days before the date of the election.”

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