Political parties in the country on Tuesday accepted the timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission on March 9, 2017, which fixed the next Presidential election for February 16, 2019.
The decision was taken during the quarterly meeting between INEC and the political parties which dwelt on “internal party democracy, mitigation of violence in elections, party finance, court judgments, the outstanding Anambra Senatorial election, continuous voters registration’ among others.
It was stated in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting which was signed by Deputy Chairman of the Inter Party Consultative Assembly, Dr. Breakforth Onwubuya, and the INEC Commissioner in charge of the South-South, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, that the timetable would encourage certainty in election calendar and proper planning by stakeholders.
“The meeting resolved to support the new initiative of fixing of the 2019 General Election dates and all subsequent elections on the 3rd Saturday of the month of February of each election year for Presidential and National Assembly elections and two weeks later for governorship had State Assembly elections.” The communiqué read in part.
Onwubuya said that the parties decided to agree with the commission on the set dates for the election because what was done was accepted to be the right thing.
The meeting was also said to have accepted the plan by the commission to commence nationwide continuous voters registration exercise at the local government level in April, 2019.
It was further stated that the meeting agreed that uncollected permanent voters registration cards are distributed simultaneously with the nationwide continuous voters registration exercise.
The parties also promised to eschew violence during elections and give the requisite support to the commission in the prosecution of electoral offenders.
The commission resolved to work with all political parties involved in the issue of the Anambra Central Senatorial election who have cases in the lower courts to seek amiable resolution of the dispute in view of the recent Supreme Court Judgment on the matter.
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