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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