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Nigeria 2015: 2015 general elections scheduled

Nigeria's presidential and National Assembly (parliamentary) elections will hold on 14 Feb. 2015, according to the timetable for next year's general elections released by the country electoral body on Friday night. The timetable, contained in a statement by the Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, shows that the governorship and state assembly (state parliamentary) elections will be held on 28 Feb. of the same year (2015).


INEC also announced the schedule for the governorship elections in two states in the South-west, Ekiti and Osun, saying the election in the former will be held 21 June 2014 while the latter's election will be on 9 Aug.

After the last general elections in 2011, the courts overturned the results of the governorship polls in those two states due to election fraud, hence the conduct of governorship election in those states have different dates.

The electoral body did not say when those willing to contest the 2015 general elections can declare their intentions.

However, the nation's Electoral Act states that each party is expected to submit a list of its candidates for the various posts not later than 60 days before the date for the elections.

President Goodluck Jonathan has not indicated whether he will seek another four-year tenure next year, but indications so far are that he will run, despite the crisis that has fragmented his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over his purported ambition.

Pana 25/01/2014