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Top Electoral Offences & Their Penalties In Nigeria

In general life, breaking laid down rules attracts sanctions. Election is not an exception. Defaulting in elections comes with penalties. Unfortunately, many individuals do not have any idea of what truly constitutes an electoral offence. So, what are those actions that endangers you one? Your answer is contained in this Top Electoral Offences & Their Penalties In Nigeria.

Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Being informed of the Top Electoral Offences & Their Penalties In Nigeria keeps you informed. Accordingly, you cannot say you are not aware. You need to know what fully an electoral offence is. The knowledge of this will help you steer away from avoidable penalties.

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Top Electoral Offences & Their Penalties In Nigeria

The following is the list of Top Electoral Offences & Their Penalties In Nigeria. The list is not actually comprehensive. We decided to bring the ones that affects the ordinary voter. So, read on.

OffencesPenalties
  • Registering more than once.
  • Unlawful possession of a voter’s card, selling or buying of voters card.
A fine not exceeding N100,000 or imprisonment for one year or both.
  • Giving false information in any application for registration as a voter.
A fine not exceeding N500,000 or 12 months imprisonment or both.
  • Hinders another person from registering as a voter
A fine not exceeding N500,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both.
  • Impersonating a registration official, carrying out registration of persons illegally or forging a registration card.
A maximum fine of N1,000,000 or

12 months imprisonment or to both.

  • Unlawful possession of a ballot paper.
  • Illegal printing of ballot papers.
  • Illegal production or importation of ballot boxes.
A maximum fine of N50,000,000 or for a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years or both.
  • To act in a disorderly manner or be in possession of offensive weapon of a political meeting.
A maximum fine of N500,00 or imprisonment for 12 months or both.
  • Unlawful giving of a voters card to some other person for use at an election other than, an officer appointed to do so.
  • Being in possession of more than one voters cards.
A maximum fine of N1,000,000 or imprisonment for 12 months or  both.
  • Conveying any person to a registration office or to a polling unit by government vehicle or boat, except in respect of a person who is entitled to use such vehicle or boat.
A maximum fine of N 50

0,000.00 or imprisonment for six months or both.

  • A person voting or attempting to vote at an election when he/she is not qualified, or inducing a person to vote at an election knowing that such person is not qualified.
A maximum fine ofN500,000 or 12 months imprisonment or both.
  • Paying money to any other person for bribery at any election.
On conviction to a maximum fine of

N500,000 or 12 months imprisonment or both.

  • Receiving any money or gift, for voting or to refrain from voting at any election.
A maximum fine of N500,000 or imprisonment for 12 months or both.
  • To bring into a polling unit during an election a voter’s card issued to another person.
A fine of N100,000 or to imprisonment for a term of 6 months or both.

 

  • Snatching or destruction of any election material.
24 months imprisonment
  • Accepting money or any other inducement during an election.
A fine of N 100,000 or imprisonment for a term of 12 months or both.

The above information can be obtained from the INEC website: http://www.inecnigeria.org/. You can also Download a PDF file of a comprehensive list of all electoral offences and corresponding offences.

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