The Peoples Democratic Party and its counterpart, the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) have commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for what they termed “early release of timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections.”
The political parties gave the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
The National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, was full of praises for INEC on the timetable
“As a party, we welcome the release of the timetable and schedule of actives. It is a welcome development.”
Despite, the commendation, Ologbodiyan did not fail to add that, the PDP is currently studying the timetable and would soon make its position known.
Meanwhile, the APDA National Publicity Secretary, Mr Tosin Adeyanju, described the Move by INEC, as a welcome development for political parties.
He added that it has also cleared all rumours and speculations, concerning the date of primaries and other pre-election activities for political parties.
In his words “we in APDA believe that the timetable would afford political parties the opportunity and enough time to adequately prepare and plan for the elections. This would help political parties to prepare for primary elections and tackle issues with less crisis.”
He pledged that APDA, as a law abiding political party, would follow the timetable as released by INEC, stressing that “we would use it as our Bible and Qur’an to prepare for the elections.’’
Adeyanju also advised INEC to step up preparation activities for the elections, particularly voter education and Continuous Voter Education.
“INEC should step up its voter education to ensure that citizens are properly informed about processes and activities toward the elections.
“The commission should further decentralise registration centre for the ongoing nationwide continuous voter registration.
“This should be done by creating more registration centres with the needed data capturing machines for voters to be registered on time.”