Friday, December 15,
2017 11:58 AM / News
· Card Reader technology to be fully
· House of Reps aspirants to pay
· State Assembly aspirants to pay 500,000,00
Issues to Note
1. There shall now be full biometric accreditation of voters with Smart Card
Readers and/or other technological devices, as INEC may introduce for elections
from time to time.
2. Presiding Officers must now instantly transmit accreditation data and
results from Polling Units to various collation centers. Presiding officer who
contravene this shall be imprisoned for at least 5 years (no option of fine).
3. All Presiding Officer must now first record accreditation data and polling
results on INEC’s prescribed forms before transmitting them. The data/result
recorded must be the same with what they transmitted.
4. INEC now has unfettered powers to conduct elections by electronic voting.
5. Besides manual registers, INEC is now mandated to keep Electronic registers
6. INEC is now mandated to publish voters’ registers on its official website(s)
for public scrutiny at least 30 days before a general election and any INEC
staff who is responsible for this but fails to act as prescribed shall be
liable on conviction to 6 months’ imprisonment.
7. INEC is now mandated to keep a National Electronic Register of Election
Results as a distinct database or repository of polling unit by polling unit
results for all elections conducted by INEC.
8. Collation of election result is now mainly electronic, as transmitted unit
results will help to determine final results on real time basis.
9. INEC is now mandated to record details of electoral materials – quantities,
serial numbers used to conduct elections (for proper tracking).
10. A political party whose candidate dies after commencement of an election
and before the declaration of the result of that election now has a 14-day
window to conduct a fresh primary in order for INEC to conduct a fresh election
within 21 days of the death of the party’s candidate;
11. Political parties’ Polling Agents are now entitled to inspect originals of
electoral materials before commencement of election and any Presiding Officer
who violates this provision of the law shall be imprisoned for at least1 year.
12. No political party can impose qualification/disqualification criteria,
measures or conditions on any Nigerian for the purpose of nomination for
elective offices, except as provided in the 1999 Constitution.
13. The election of a winner of an election can no longer be challenged on
grounds of qualification, if the he (winner) satisfied the applicable
requirements of sections 65, 106,
131 or 177 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as
amended) and he is not, as may be applicable, in breach of sections 66, 107,
137 or 182 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. [For
example, a person’s election cannot be challenged on the ground that he did not
pay tax, as this is not a qualifying condition under the Constitution.]
14. All members of political parties are now eligible to determine the ad-hoc
delegates to elect candidates of parties in indirect primaries. The capacity of
party executives to unduly influence or rig party primaries has been reasonably
curtailed, if not totally removed.
15. Parties can no longer impose arbitrary nomination fees on political
aspirants. The Bill passed prescribes limits for each elective office as
(a) One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000) for a Ward Councillorship
aspirant in the FCT;
(b) Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250,000) for an Area Council
Chairmanship aspirant in the FCT;
(c) Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) for a House of Assembly aspirant;
(d) One Million Naira (N1,000,000) for a House of Representatives aspirant;
(e) Two Million Naira (N2,000,000) for a Senatorial aspirant;
(f) Five Million naira (N5,000,000) for a Governorship aspirant; and
(g) Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) for a Presidential aspirant.
16. Relying on the powers of the National Assembly in Paragraph 11 of Part II
(Concurrent Legislative List) of the Second Schedule (Legislative Powers) to
the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the
Senate also passed measures reforming procedures regulating Local Government
Elections. State Independent Electoral Commissions can no longer conduct
elections that do not meet minimum standards of credibility.
17. Any INEC official who disobeys a tribunal order for inspection of electoral
materials shall be imprisoned for 2 years!
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