The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday, announced dates for general elections in Nigeria for the next 36 years, starting from 2019 to 2055.
Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mamood Yakubu, made the announcement at a consultative meeting with leaders of political parties in Abuja.
“In 2019, the dates are Feb. 16 and March 2; in 2023, the dates are Feb. 18 and March 4. In 2027, the dates are Feb. 20 and March 6; in 2031, it is Feb.15 and March 1.
“In 2035, it is Feb. 17 and March 3; In 2039, it is Feb.19 and March 5 and in 2043, it will hold on Feb. 21 and March 7. In 2047, it is Feb.15 and March 2; In 2051, it is Feb.18 and March 1; in 2055, it is Feb. 20 and March 6,” Yakubu said. .
He pointed out that in other democracies of the world periods of elections were generally known and were not topics for speculation. Yakubu explained that certainty in election calendar was necessary to match Nigeria’s democratic system with global best practices.