In preparation for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, area council election, the FCT Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday unveiled the time table, containing the timeline for the electoral activities preceding the election which will hold on March 19, 2016.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, of the Capital Territory, Prof. Jacob Jatau, disclosed this in a stakeholders’ meeting with traditional, religious and political leaders held in the FCT-INEC Secretariat, in Garki Area 10.
He said electoral activities will begin in earnest on November 25, with the issuance of Notice of Election as stipulated in Section 30, (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended.
According to Jatau, the section provides for the issuance of Notice of Election not later than 90 days before the poll, adding that the conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from the primaries will take place from November 26 to December 17, while the campaign for the election will commence on December 20.
He further 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.
While repeating the commitment of the commission to the principles of neutrality and impartiality, Jatau 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 polls,” he stressed.
Speaking with newsmen, the chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, 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 the political and religious leaders, to help INEC deliver on its mandate, by sensitising their followers on the need to conduct themselves within the confines of laid down rules.

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