INEC rolls out timetable for area council’s elections

head of area council’s elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the Federal Capital Territory, has unveiled the timetable for next year elections. 

The commission has fixed March 19, 2016 as day for the elections in the six area councils, even as the timetable contains timelines for the electoral activities preceding the election on March 19. 

Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, of the territory, Prof. Jacob Jatau, made this disclosure at a stakeholders’ meeting with traditional, religious and political leaders held at the FCT-INEC Secretariat, in Abuja. 

He said electoral activities will begin in earnest on November 25, 2015 with the issuance of Notice of Election as Stipulated in Section 30 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended. 

According to him, the section provides for the issuance of notice of election not later than 90 days before the poll. 

He added that the conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from the primaries will take place from November 26, 2015 to December 17, 2015, while the campaign for the election will commence on the December 20, 2015. 

Furthermore, he reminded eligible voters in the FCT of the ongoing transfer of registration, while appealing to those who wish to transfer their registration to take the prescribed steps to enable the commission complete the process, at least, 45 days before the election. 

Jatau, while reiterating the commitment of the commission to the principles of neutrality and impartiality, promised to get traditional and religious leaders involved in the process. 

“We will be fair to all the parties and provide a level playing field to ensure full participation and fair contestation. 

“I would also like to appeal to the political class and the electorate, especially the youth to shun violence and obey the rules to guarantee free, fair and credible poll,” he stressed. 

Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, Hon. Micah Jiba, expressed satisfaction with the timetable for the elections. 

Jiba, who is also the National President, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, called on all stakeholders especially political and religious leaders to help INEC deliver on its mandate, by sanitizing their followers on the need to conduct themselves within the confines of laid down rules. 

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