The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday announced dates for general elections in the country for the next 36 years, starting from 2019 to 2055.
Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mamood Yakubu, made the announcement at a press conference 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 noted out that in other democracies of the world periods of elections were generally known and were not topics for speculation
The chairman explained that the aim was to engage certainty in the election calendar and allow for long-term planning by the commission and all stakeholders.