INEC releases Regulations, Guidelines for 2019 polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, released the Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of the 2019 general elections in the country. INEC announced this in a statement dated January 12, 2019, and personally signed by its chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu. It disclosed that the regulations and guidelines covered the general elections, bye-elections, re-run elections, as well as supplementary elections. The electoral umpire explained that this was done in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010. It added that the regulations and guidelines supersede the existing ones. In the document signed by INEC chairman, the Commission disclosed that accreditation of voters and voting would hold simultaneously between 8-2pm. The section on the method of voting also prescribed that the Permanent Voters Cards and Smart Card Reader shall remain instruments of identification of prospective voters

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