Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has warned candidates and political parties not to start campaigns yet.The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Monday in his speech at the workshop for election professionals organized by the Commonwealth in partnership with the commission.
Going by the provisions of the Electoral Act, campaign for Presidential and National Assembly elections should commence on the eighteenth of November while Governorship and State Assembly elections should start on the first of December.
The electoral chief’s warning follows the conclusion of presidential and governorship primaries by parties and adoption of candidates.Some of the presidential candidates who have emerged are Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party, Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria amongst many others.
The commission also announced that the submission of lists of candidates by political partiesfor presidential and National Assembly elections is the tenth to the eighteenth of October, 2018 while governorship and state assembly elections is 22 October to 2 November 2018.
While noting that the commission has already communicated these dates to all political parties, the chairman reiterated that there will be no extension of time.