Breaches or violations of some of these provisions often attract penalties, which on conviction may be a fine, a term of imprisonment, or both. Any conduct – action or inaction which is prohibited by the Constitution or the Electoral Act and a breach of which attracts punishment, is called an electoral offence. Electoral offences may be committed by INEC or Security Officials, Political Parties and their officials, Candidates, Observers, Journalists/Media Houses or the general public.
Listed in this leaflet are some of the electoral offences prescribed by Nigerian Law as at 31st January, 2017. Anyone in breach of any of these provisions is liable to being arrested and charged to court and prosecuted by INEC after investigation by the relevant Security Agencies.
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