DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 269)
IT IS A CRIME FOR “INEC” OFFICIALS TO BE LATE TO POLLING UNITS IN ANY PART OF NIGERIA.

All Polling Officers of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must report very early to polling units on any Election Day in any part of Nigeria. It is a criminal offence to be late without lawful excuse and is punishable with a fine of not more than #500,000.00 or and 12 months imprisonment.

My authorities are sections 123(2) and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 268)
BORROWED GOVERNMENT VEHICLES CANNOT BE USED AT ANY ELECTION.

No person in any part of Nigeria is allowed to use a borrowed government vehicle or boat or that of any company owned by government at any registration center or polling unit. It is only a person who is ordinarily assigned to use a government vehicle or boat that can use such at a registration center or polling unit. Also note that in an emergency, an electoral officer can use even a borrowed government vehicle or boat at a registration center or polling unit.
The offence of use of borrowed government vehicle or boat at registration centre or polling unit is punishable with fine of not more than N500,000.00 and or not more than 6 months imprisonment.

My authorities are sections 121 and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 267)
LIST OF VOTER CARD OFFENCES IN NIGERIA.

Below is a list of offences that can be committed with a voter’s card in any part of Nigeria. They are;

1. LENDING OF VOTER’S CARD.
It is an offence for a holder of voter’s card to give same to some other person for it to be used at an election in any part of Nigeria. The only person that can collect a voter’s card at an election is an official of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) acting in official duty.

2. RECEIVING OF VOTER’S CARD.
It is an offence for any person to receive any other person’s voter’s card while pretending to be another person in order to use such at an election.

3. POSSESSION OF MORE THAN ONE VOTER’S CARD.
Unless one is an official of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it is an offence to be in possession of more than one Voter’s card.

4. BUYING AND SELLING OF VOTER’S CARD.
It is an offence in any part of Nigeria, for any person to buy or sell voter’s card. Both seller and buyer will be held guilty.

Each of the above mentioned electoral offences is punishable with fine of not more than N1 Million Naira or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both.

My authorities are sections 120 (1) (a), (b), (c), (d) and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 266)
DISORDERLY BEHAVIOUR AT CAMPAIGNS AND MEETINGS IS AN OFFENCE.

Once election dates are announced, it is a crime for any person to be disorderly at any political meeting/campaign with intention to prevent a party’s business of the day or be in possession of weapons or missiles. It is a crime punishable with maximum fine of N500,000 or 12 months imprisonment or both.

My authorities are sections 119 and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 265)
CAN A POLITICAL PARTY HAVE ASSETS OUTSIDE NIGERIA OR RECEIVE FUNDS FROM OUTSIDE NIGERIA.

No political party in Nigeria is allowed to have funds or any assets outside Nigeria. Also, political parties cannot retain funds or assets remitted/transferred to them from outside Nigeria. Where for any reason, any funds or assets is sent from outside Nigeria to a political party, such political party must transfer such to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within 21 days of receiving such funds.

My authorities are sections 225 (3) (4) and 319 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 258)
OFFENCES THAT CAN BE COMMITTED WITH A BALLOT PAPER IN NIGERIA.

Ballot Paper is an important election material. It is said that, Ballot Paper is stronger than a bullet. You indicate your choice of candidate on a ballot paper.

The following are electoral offences that can be committed on or using a ballot paper;
1. Forging of ballot paper or official mark on it.
2. Destruction of ballot paper
3. Giving of ballot paper to another person without authority and
4. Removal of ballot paper from any polling station
The punishment for any of the above offences is imprisonment for not more than 2 years.

Another set of offences concerning a ballot paper is;
1. Unauthorised printing of ballot paper or fake ballot papers
2. Printing more than the approved numbers or quantity of ballot papers approved by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
3. Possession of ballot paper when not in process of voting
4. Manufacturing, Construction, importation, supply of devices or mechanism for secret storage or diversion of ballot papers in Nigeria.
The punishment for any of the above offences or an attempt to commit such is imprisonment for not more than 10 years and or N50, 000, 000.00.

My authorities are section 118(1)(e)(f)(g)(i), section 118(2),(3) and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

 

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 249)
“IT IS A CRIME TO ALTER OR DESTROY VOTER’S REGISTRATION NOTICE/INFORMATION”.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has powers to provide information for registration of voters. It is an offence for any person to alter, destroy, change, remove or cancel any information or notice provided for registration of voters. It is an offence punishable with a maximum fine of N1 Million Naira and or term of imprisonment for 12 months.

My authorities are sections 117(1)(a) and (I) and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

 

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 229)
“DEADLINE FOR APPEALING AGAINST JUDGEMENT OF COURT ON ANY PRE-ELECTION MATTER”

Every judgment of a court on any pre-election case can only be appealed against within 14 days from the date such judgement was delivered.

My authorities are section 285 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and also Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 Alteration (No 21) Act 2017.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 192)
“Who Can Be Declared Winner in Governorship Election In Nigeria”

In a governorship election, the candidate with the highest number of casted votes will be declared the winner by the Returning Officer of Independent Electoral Commission(INEC). Such a candidate must also not have less than one-quarter of the votes cast in at leaset two-third of each of the Local Government Area.

My authorities are section 69 of the Electoral Act, 2010 and section 179 of the Constitution of the Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

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