The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has reiterated its readiness for the conduct of next year’s general elections.
The commission made this known through its National Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Solomon Soyemi.
Reacting to questions on Channels TV’s program “Politics Today”, Mr. Soyemi said that INEC has released the election timeline one year earlier before the general elections so as to ensure a free, fair and credible election.
According to him, this is the first time in history that election timeline is released more than one year before the elections.
The early release of the timeline, he said, is to enable Nigerians to come to terms with electioneering activities.
Furthermore, he added that INEC is planning to register about 80 million voters in the continuous voter’s registration exercise to enable more people to participate in the upcoming general election.
In an earlier televised broadcast, INEC National Chairman, Mohammed Yakubu said that the commission has registered a total number of 68 political parties.
He said that 22 of the registered political parties, including the Socialist Party Of Nigeria, were among the newly registered.
He urged political parties to respect the timeline released by INEC to ensure a peaceful exercise come 2019.