The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Friday night released the time table for the 2015 general elections.
The Presidential election comes first on the table and it is scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 14, 2015. Election into the National Assembly will come up on the same day.
The presidential and National Assembly elections will be followed by the governorship election and state assembly polls which will hold 0n February 28, that is, a fortnight after. The time table was issued by the Secretary to the Commission, Augusta Ogakwu.
It was also indicated on the time table that the Ekiti governorship election has been fixed for June 21, 2014 while the Osun governorship election is billed for August 9, 2014.
According to the Electoral Act, the parties are expected to submit the list of their candidates at least 60 days to the elections.
In effect, the names of the presidential candidates should reach INEC not later than December 17, 2014 and those contesting governorship election the end of the same month.
Declaration for office and campaign by the candidates leading up to the party congresses/conventions are expected to come up earlier.
Section 99(1) of the Act (As Amended) requires INEC to allow campaign at least 90 days before any poll.
Section 25 of the Electoral Act mandates INEC to organise elections 150 days or 30 days before the expiration of the tenure of office of any holder.”
The Section, which applies to all political offices, reads: “An election to the office of the President (as applicable to all offices) shall be held on a date to be appointed by the Independent National Electoral Commission in accordance with the constitution and this Act.
“An election to the said office of the President (as applicable to all offices) shall be held on a date not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of that office.”
INEC is expected to release guidelines on the elections in due course.