The commission had on Tuesday announced the 2019 general election time-table and schedule of activities.
In his words: "The number of political parties is good for plural democracy however political parties must cooperate with the commission for a successful election".
Yakubu said that the conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from the primaries for national and state elections had been slated for between August 18 and October 7, 2018.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections are expected to hold on February 16, 2019 while the governorship and state legislative elections will hold on March 2, 2019. By these decisions, the Commission fixed Saturday, 16th February, 2019, as the date for Presidential and National Assembly elections while Governorship and State Assembly elections will hold on Saturday, 2nd March, 2019.
The INEC chairman said efforts were being made to increase the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, adding that a portal had been created to notify registered voters when their PVCs were ready.
"As political parties and candidates canvass the support of the electorate, the Commission wishes to appeal to all and sundry to eschew bitterness and conduct their activities with decorum". Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference, noted that under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), there are certain steps from the publication of notice of election to the conduction of polls to be adhered to.
"We advised political parties to play by the rule because we will ensure that we deliver free, fair and credible election which is now a minimum benchmark for INEC in any election we conduct", he said.
Prof Yakubu said INEC would be conducting elections for 1558 constituencies made up of one presidential constituency, 29 governorship constituencies out of 36 as seven governorship elections are staggered, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies, 991 state assembly constituencies, 6 Area Council chairmen as well as 62 councilor ship positions for the FCT.
Yakubu stated that conflicts within political parties affect the commission's preparation for elections just as disputes among political parties on candidature for election.
Giving details of the approved timetable, he said henceforth, presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on the third Saturday of the month of February of each election year, while governorship and state assembly elections will hold two weeks later.
The Chairman said that political parties were also expected to submit names of their agents for the elections on February 1, 2019.
The parties have between August 18 and October 7 to pick candidates for all the elections.
Orji said that a total of 7,670 ad-hoc workers would be deploy for the conduct of the election holding in 1,548 polling units.
He, however, assured the gathering that INEC is capable to meet the challenges of grappling with 105,944 candidates as a result of increase in the numbers of political parties that would be participating in the 2019 general elections. Candidates for the governorship and state assembly will also be given same liberty, effective from December 1, 2018.
Addressing journalists at the headquarters of the commission yesterday evening, the Chairman of INEC, Prof.