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Electoral Act

2002 No 4

Laws of the Federation of Nigeria

 

 

Arrangement of Sections

 

 

Part 1

 

 National Register of   Voters and Votersí Registration

 

 

 

1.

National Register of Voters and Voters' Registration.

2. 

Qua1ification for Registration.

 

3.            

Transfer of Registration Voters.

4.

Appointment of Officers.

5.

Custody of the Voters Register.

6. 

Demand for Information regarding Registration.

7.

Power to Print and Issue Voters' Cards.

8. 

Power to                Duplicate Voters' Cards.

9.

Power to Print and Issue Register of Voters.

10.

Display of copies of Voters List

11.          

Revision Officer forbearing of Claims, etc.

12. 

Proprietary Right in Voters' Card.

13.

Offence of Buying and Selling Voters' Cards.

14.          

Offences relating to Registration of Voters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 11

Procedure at Election

 

 

15.          

Day for Election.

16.

Postponement of Elections.

17.

Announcement of Election Results.

18.

Oath of Loyally by Election Officers.

19.

Appointment of other Officers for the Conduct of Elections.

20.

Notice of Election.

21.

Submission of List of Candidates and their affidavits by Political Parties

22.          

Prohibition of Double Nominations, etc

23.

Political Party changing Candidate

24.

Publication of Nomination.

25.          

Withdrawal of Candidate.

26.

Death of a Candidate.

27.

Invalidity of Double Nomination

28.          

Failure of Nomination.

29.          

Campaign for Election.

30.  

Contested Election.

31.

When Poll is required

32.

Uncontested E1ection.

33.

Establishment of Polling Station;

34.

Ballot Boxers.

35.

Format of Ballot Paper.

36.

Polling Agents.

37.

Notice of Poll

 

 

 

38.

Hour of Poll.

39.

Display of Ballot Boxes.

40.

Issue of Ballot Papers.

41.

Right to Challenge Issue of Ballot Paper.

42.

Separate queues for Men and Women,

43.

Conduct of Poll by Open-Secret Ballot.

44.

Over Voting.

45.

Ballot not to be marked by voter for Identification.

46.

Accidental destruction or Marking of Ballot Papers.

47.

Blind and Incapacitated Voters.

48.

Personal Attendance.

49.

Voting at appropriate Polling Station.

50.

Impersonation by applicant for Ballot Paper.

51.

Tendered Ballot Paper.

52.

Conduct at Polling Stations.

53.

Closing of Polls.

54.

Counting of Votes and Forms.

55.

Recount.

56.

Post-election Procedure and Collation of Election Results.

57.

Rejection of Ballot Paper without official mark.

58.

Endorsement on rejected Ballot Paper.

59.

Decision of Returning Officer on Ballot paper.

60.

Declaration of Results.

61.

Equality of Votes.

62.

Posting of Results.

63.

Custody of Documents.

64.

Step-by-Step recording of Poll.

65.

Result Forms to be signed and counter-signed.

66.

Certificate of Return at Election.

67.

Form for use at Elections, etc `

 

 

 

 

Part 111

Political Parties.

 

 

68.          

Powers of the Commission to register Political Parties.

69.

Decision of the Commission subject to Judicial review.

70.

Political Parties to be bodies corporate.

71.

Contravention of Section 227 of the 1999 Constitution.

72.

Symbols of Political Parties.

73.          

Allocation of Symbols.

74.

Merger of Political Parties.

75.

Notice of Convention, Congress,

76.

Monitoring of Political Parties.

77.  

Offences in relation to Finances of a Political Party.

78.

Period to be covered by Annual Statement.

79.          

Statement as to Election Expenses.

80.

Grant to Political Parties for Elections.

81.

Annual Grants to Political Parties for their Operations.

82.          

Eligibility to receive Grant.

83.

Power to limit contribution to a Political Patty.

84.          

Election Expenses of Political Parties.

85.

Conduct of Political rallies, and rocessions, etc.

86.

Prohibition of certain conducts, etc. at Political Campaigns

87.

Prohibition of Corrupt Practices.

88.

Prohibition of use of Force or Violence during Political Campaigns.

89.          

Conformity with the law.

90.          

Effect on Elected Officer where Political Party ceases to exist.

91.

Saving of existing Political Patties.

92.

Limitation on Political Broadcasts and Campaign by Political Parties.

93.

Limitation on Political Broadcasts and Campaign by Candidate.

94.

Limitation on Political Broadcast and Campaign by any other person

95.

Prohibition of Broadcast, etc 24 hours preceding or on Polling Day.

96.          

Campaign based on Religion, Tribe, etc.

 

 

             

 

 

 

Part IV

Procedure for Election to Area Council

 

 

97.

Power of Commission.

98.

Elections to offices of Chainman, Vice-Chairman, Councilor.

99.

Division of Local Government Area and Area Council into Wards.

100.

Qualification.

101.

Disqualification.

102.

Date of Council Elections and method of Voting.

103.

Procedure for Area Council Election.

104.

Procedure for Nomination, etc. Area Council.

105.

Election of Area Council Chairman.

106.

Dissolution of Area Council.

107.

Vacation of Seat of members.

108.

Procedure for Nomination, etc.

109.

Recall.

110.

Voting by Open-Secret Ballot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part V

Procedure for Local Government Council Election

 

 

111.

Procedure for Local Government Elections.

112.

Procedure for Nominations, etc.

113.

Election of Chainman.

 

 

Part VI

Electoral Offences

               

 

114.

Offences in relation to Registration etc

115.

Offences in respect of Nomination, etc

 

 

116.

Disorderly behavior at Political meetings.

117.

Improper Use of Voters' Cards.

118.

Improper Use of Vehicles.

119.

Impersonation and Voting when not Qualified,

120.

Dereliction of Duty.

121.

Bribery and Conspiracy.

122.

Disqualification for certain corrupt practices.

123.

Requirement of Secrecy in Voting.

124.

Wrongful Voting and False Statements.

125.

Voting by Unregistered Person.

126.

Disorderly Conduct at Elections.

127.

Offences on Election Day.

128.

Treating.

129.

Undue Influence.

130.

Offences Relating to Recall.

 

 

 

 

Part VII

Determination of Election Petitions Arising from Election

 

 

131.

Proceedings to Question an Election.

132.

Time for presenting Election Petition.

133.

Persons entitled to present Election Petitions.

134.

Grounds for Petition.

135.

Certain Defects not to Invalidate E1ection

136.

Nu1lification of election by Tribunal or Court.

137.

Accelerated hearing of Election Petitions

138.

Person.. elected to remain in office pending Determination of Appeal.

139.

Procedure for Election Petition Schedule1.

 

 

 

 

Part VIII

Miscellaneous

 

  

140.

Persons disqualified from acting as Election offices.

141.

Loss of Registration Card.

142.          

Election Expenses by the Commission.

143.

Secrecy of Ballot.

144.

Prosecution of Offence disclosed in Election Petition.

145.

Trial of Offences.

146.

Inspection of Documents.

147.

Custody of Documents.

148.

Delegation of Powers of the Commission.

149.

Regulations.

150.

Validation.

151.

Interpretation

152.

Repeal of Electoral Act 2001.

153.

Citation.

 

 

 

               

               

 

Schedule

 

First Schedule

Procedure of Election Petitions

 

Second Schedule

Forms