Nigeria’s Electoral Commission Releases Time Table for 2015 Elections
In a statement released by the commission’s secretary Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, at the end of a four-day retreat in Kaduna On Friday, the commission said the state governorship and House of Assemblies elections would be held on February 28.
The statement also announced that the Ekiti State governorship election will hold on 21st of June 2014, while the Osun State governorship Election is scheduled to hold on 9th August, 2014.
The three-paragraph statement read: “After the deliberations at the four-day retreat held in the Assa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna from January 21 to 24, 2014, the commission has scheduled the presidential and National assembly elections for February 14, 2015 and the governorship and state houses of assembly elections for February 28, 2015″.
On the side-line of the commission’s retreat, the Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mike Igini, told Channels Television that the commission would soon commence a nationwide registration of voters in preparatory for the 2015 elections.
He said the exercise would afford eligible voters the opportunity to register while those with temporary voters’ card would be issued a permanent computerised card during the exercise.
He said that the decision to computerise the voters’ card was in line with the commission’s plans to checkmate multiple voting and ballot box snatching during elections.
“We appealed to all stakeholders in the election process including politicians to join hands with the commission towards conducting a credible poll next year,” he said.
Political parties campaign for the Presidential and National Assembly elections will begin on November 16 2014 while that of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections will start on November 30.
Governorship elections will hold in all states except, Anambra, Bayelsa, Kogi, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun States. Governors in these states have not completed their term in office.