OrderPaperToday – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has locked in dates for general elections over the next 36 years, from 2019 to 2055.
The Chairman of the Commission, Mamood Yakubu, disclosed this at a consultative meeting with leaders of political parties in Abuja on Wednesday.
The dates are listed as follow: “In 2019, the dates are February 16 and March 2; in 2023, the dates are February 18 and March 4.
“In 2027, the dates are February 20 and March 6; in 2031, it is February 15 and March 1.
“In 2035, it is February 17 and March 3; in 2039, it is February 19 and March 5 and in 2043, it will hold on February 21 and March 7.
“In 2047, it is February 15 and March 2; in 2051, it is February 18 and March 1; in 2055, it is February 20 and March 6.”
According to Yakubu, the procedure is targeted at making periods of elections public knowledge, emulating other democracies in the world.
He noted that this would further engender certainty in the election calendar and also allow for long-term planning by the commission and all stakeholders.