*WHY ELECTORAL/RETURNING OFFICERS CANNOT BE SUED IN NIGERIA.* DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 296) By Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK).

No matter the level of complain and the involvement of electoral officers (including Presiding Officers, Returning Officers) in an election, they cannot be sued in an election petition, it is never necessary. Rather their employer, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to be sued as a Respondent and is always deemed to be representing and defending itself and its officers.

My authorities are sections 137(3) and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 287)
THE ONLY TWO (2) PERONS THAT CAN CHALLENGE AN ELECTION IN NIGERIA.

Not every person in Nigeria can challenge an election. First of all, an ordinary voter in an election cannot challenge the out come of an election.
The only two (2) persons in Nigeria that can challenge an election in any part of Nigeria, are;
1. A Contestant in an election
2. A Political party that participated in an election.

My authorities are sections 137(1) and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

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by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 273)
IT IS AN OFFENCE TO GIVE GIFTS AND MONEY FOR ELECTION IN ANY PART OF NIGERIA.

No person in any part of Nigeria is allowed to directly or indirectly give gifts or monies to any group, community or person to induce and procure such person or group to vote at any election. A candidate is deemed to have committed an offence if gifts/money was given with his knowledge and consent or that of his aids/agents.
It is an offence of bribery and corruption punishable with fine of not more than #500,000.00 or imprisonment for 12 months or both.

My authorities are sections 124 and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

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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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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 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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