The election umpire said primaries for Presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on August 18, while campaigns for the Governorship and State Assemblies are scheduled to commence on December the 1, 2018.
Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the notice of election would be communicated on August 17, 2018 in line with Section 30(1) of the Electoral 2010 which provides that the notice of election be made not later than 90 days before the election.
He said the conduct of party primaries including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries would take place between August 18 and October 7, 2018, stressing that all political parties should collect forms for all elections latest by August 24, 2018.
“The campaigns of political parties for Presidential and National Assembly elections should begin by November 18, 2018 while that of governorship and House of Assembly is December 1, 2018”,he explained
Yakubu emphasized that the last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties for the Presidential and National Assembly is December 3, 2018 while for governorship and House of Assembly is December 17.
He said efforts were being made to increase the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, adding that a portal had been created to notify registered voters when their PVCs were ready.
On how much the election would cost, the election boss said he could not ascertain that as at now, stating that a meeting would hold on Thursday to finalise the election budget, and will be made known to the public.
His words “This is being finalised and we will conclude when we meet on Thursday and thereafter, we can say how much the election will cost and we will finalise on the election budget and this will be known (to the public).