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Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by LosC: 3:01pm On Mar 05, 2020
A bill for the establishment of a National Electoral Offences Commission passed second reading on the floor of the Senate yesterday.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno), proposes a jail term of 20 years or fine of N40m for any candidate, person or agent who destroyed electoral materials during election.

It also seeks to prohibit hate speech or words that incite violence during elections and proposes 10 years or a fine of at least N40m or both for offenders.

The new bill is also proposing a term of 15 years on anyone found guilty of “destroying, snatching or opening a ballot box when you are not so authorised.”

If the proposed legislation is passed, a person shall be jailed for 15 years if, without due authority takes out at polling station any electoral document, or he is found in possession of any electoral document outside a polling station.

It also seeks an imprisonment of 20 years without an option of fine for a judicial officer or officer of a court or tribunal who is found guilty of corruptly preventing electoral justice, before, during and after election.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan and other lawmakers advocated punitive penalties for electoral offences.

The lawmakers, in their contributions, said the commission should exist along with a special tribunal to prosecute electoral offences.

They said establishing a tribunal would sanitise the electoral process, deepen Nigeria’s democracy and bring an end to impunity associated with elections.

Meanwhile, there was a protest when Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi) said the military era was better than democracy.

He said, “Mr. President, when people of questionable character become leaders, then what is the future of that country. In fact, I am compelled to say military era is better than Nigeria’s democracy currently.

“When you talk about maladministration and misappropriation of public funds, it emanates from people who have criminal records, people who have no background who were elected or forced themselves into power.”

James Manager (PDP, Delta South) quickly raised a point of order but the Senate President said Adeyemi’s position was personal to him and not the view of the Senate.

“The position of this chamber is that democracy is better than military era and Senator Adeyemi is entitled to his opinion,” Lawan said. Kyari, in his lead debate, said the bill would solve the problem associated with elections, if passed into law.


He said electoral crimes helped election riggers and offenders take control of government against the will of the people.

Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi described electoral offense as an existential threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

Senate Minority Leader Eyinnaya Abaribe said if electoral offenses are tried in normal courts, the delay in the judgement will still go on.

Senator Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi) and Rochas Okorocha (APC, Imo) advocated stiffer sanctions to deter electoral offenders.

While Aliero alleged that politicians employed all sorts of strategies to ensure that they won elections, while Okorocha said there should be more emphasis on those who conduct elections.

George Sekibo (PDP Rivers) urged the president to assent to the bill when it gets to him, saying anything contrary would mean that 2023 general elections will be worst.
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/senate-proposes-20-yr-jail-term-for-electoral-offenders.html

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Abfinest007(m): 3:15pm On Mar 05, 2020
if that will end snatching of ballot boxes

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by BlackfireX: 3:36pm On Mar 05, 2020
So what is the penalty for kleptomaniac senators??

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Nobody: 4:25pm On Mar 05, 2020
The law is incomplete. INEC officials should be allowed to wear body cameras which must be switched on for the period of election.
They should include as offence an individual preventing electoral officer from performing his duties.
Another is a law to criminalize Uzodinma's format by self generating results for tribunL.
A third is a law banning thuggery of anyform, including intimidating and or influencing voters within the precinct of 100 metres of the polling booths.
All should attract 20 years jail term each on conviction without option of fine.

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by MarrisManah(m): 4:27pm On Mar 05, 2020
The sponsors of those thugs should also face the same music...

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Drumaboi(m): 4:31pm On Mar 05, 2020
They should be more specific about the offence

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by MorataFC: 4:31pm On Mar 05, 2020
Ok
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Nobody: 4:31pm On Mar 05, 2020
What about when people write results themselves and present it to supreme court for approval

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Daniel058(m): 4:32pm On Mar 05, 2020
For real or another Apc Scam ?
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by mrvitalis(m): 4:32pm On Mar 05, 2020
But corruption ?

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by DModeCntStopMe: 4:32pm On Mar 05, 2020
shocked

Good one!

I will only take you thieves serious when a bill for capital punishment for looters of our national treasury is also proposed

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by canalily(m): 4:32pm On Mar 05, 2020
So who how will they win again and who will vote for them in thousands if not these offenders

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by ForeThinker: 4:32pm On Mar 05, 2020
So when exactly?
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Bustincole(m): 4:33pm On Mar 05, 2020
We also want 20 year jail term for money laundry


What do you tink

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by helinues: 4:33pm On Mar 05, 2020
We also need complete overhaul of INEC..

They are they one assisting politicians to rig with impunity
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by MorataFC: 4:33pm On Mar 05, 2020
Amitez:
The law is incomplete. INEC officials should be allowed to wear body cameras which must be switched on for the period of election.
They should include as offence an individual preventing electoral officer from performing his duties.
Another is a law to criminalize Uzodinma's format by self generating results for tribunL.
A third is a law banning thuggery of anyform, including intimidating and or influencing voters within the precinct of 100 metres of the polling booths.
All should attract 20 years jail term each on conviction without option of fine.
who will sacrifice himself to catch or arrest the offenders grin
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by longetivity(m): 4:33pm On Mar 05, 2020
story story STORY

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by publicsensor: 4:34pm On Mar 05, 2020
Okay Ooooh
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by solmus: 4:34pm On Mar 05, 2020
when will they propose 100 years for looters, and create a corruption special tribunal
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Witcher(f): 4:34pm On Mar 05, 2020
he law-making function is one of the essential pillars of any society. No human society survives in the total absence of laws. Whatever the social system, the conduct of affairs must be defined by certain basic rules. These rules must be made by someone or some group and executed or enforced by some group.

In a democratic environment, power belongs to the people who in turn elect those who are to carry out the task of law-making on their behalf. But in a despot and directly exercised by him or assigned to anyone of his choice. There are no clear lines demarcating the law-making function from the executive function.

The two flow into each other and are often carried out by the same people. Therefore, the story of one inevitably leads to the other. Such is the case of law-making in Nigeria arising from its long history of military dictatorships. The story of the legislature is intertwined with that of the executive and evolves from the larger history of the Nigerian national itself.

Nothing better captures this evolution than the process of constitutional engineering in Nigeria, for it is these supreme laws of the land that provide guidance for law-making. On the whole, these supreme laws or constitutions are products of the dynamic polity, itself a part of the political history of Nigeria.

Therefore, it is within this context that the development of the legislature can be traced to the beginning of British colonization of what is now know as Nigeria. The first act in the formal colonization process was the annexation of Lagos in 1961 At the head of the colonial administrative set-up for the colony called The Settlement Of Lagos was a Governor aided by a ten-man advisory body.

This advisory body later called the LegislativeCouncil commissioned in March 1862 was to be the forerunner of actual law-making bodies in the country. February 19, 1866, the Settlement Of Lagos came under the jurisdiction of a new British Colonial sovereignty known as the West African Settlement incorporating the territories of Gold Coast, Lagos, Sierra Leone and the Gambia. Barely one year later,

Lagos and Gold Coast were severed from the larger settlement and brought under the jurisdiction of The Gold Coast Colony with its own executive and legislative council. In 1886, the colony was further broken down and Lagos became a separate political unit with its own governor, legislative and administrative council.

By this time, the rest of Nigeria had come under colonial rule with the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria administered from Zungeru and Calabar serving as the capital of The Protectorate OF Southern Nigerian. The year 1906 was the turning point in the history of what is now the Nigerian state for its was in this year that the colonial administration began the process of creating an entity out of the disparate peoples of Northern and Southern Nigeria.

It unified the Colony of Lagos with the Southern Protectorate and it became The Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria and the Lagos Legislative Council was granted powers to make laws for the entire entity. But it was in 1914 that the unification process was complete. Sir F.J.D. Lugard was appointed Governor of the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria in 1912 and tasked with the assignment of effecting the unification of the Colony and Protectorate of Southern and the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria.


Two years later, this task was accomplished with both colony and protectorates merged into what became The Colony And Protectorate Of Nigeria. Lord Lugard became the Governor and Commander-in-chief of this emerging nation. The Lagos Legislative Council continued to legislate for the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria, while the Governor made laws for the Northern Protectorate.

The emerging nation was, therefore, a product of mergers but it mergers with tenuous links, the reason being the non-existence of a common forum for the elite of the Northern and Southern Protectorates. Kept apart, the natural understanding and confidence-building that flows from interaction would elude them for 32 years until 1946 when the Richards Constitution made interaction possible for Southern and Northern politicians.

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Tripitaka: 4:35pm On Mar 05, 2020
I wonder the number of years they will propose for treasury looters and convicted corrupt government officials.

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Zico5(m): 4:35pm On Mar 05, 2020
How many years for their sponsors and godfathers? In as much as we still have people empowering them then the law is one-sided.

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Witcher(f): 4:35pm On Mar 05, 2020
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Oluwasaeon(m): 4:35pm On Mar 05, 2020
Good, so how many years for looters?

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Onyekachi419(f): 4:35pm On Mar 05, 2020
Not good enough

Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by izzy4shizzy(m): 4:36pm On Mar 05, 2020
Electoral Offenders

very vague

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by AreaFada2: 4:36pm On Mar 05, 2020
Good.

They should also make corruption attract death sentence.

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Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Jymsyno: 4:37pm On Mar 05, 2020
Waste of time and effort. If this is the electoral reforms we are waiting for then 2023 will be the worst result. With the supreme Court paving way for excluded results like in imo one politician with one arrangee police officer will bring 8m votes from zamfara and claim they were excluded. The rest is history.
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Comedian2019: 4:38pm On Mar 05, 2020
It also seeks to prohibit hate speech or words that incite violence during elections and proposes 10 years or a fine of at least N40m or both for offenders.
I suspect they want to bring the hate speech bill through back yard. Naija people, shine your eyes!
Re: Senate Proposes 20-Year Jail Term For Electoral Offenders by Dpharisee: 4:38pm On Mar 05, 2020
Start from Buhari, Mr fake Integrity and most of the state governors, National Assemby and the judiciary, at the end, the prisons will not be enough to contain all electoral offenders.

MANNABBQGRILLS now tsephanya has used this platform to promote his darling daddy, to a point that even Buharis wife and children cannot be sycophantic to their husband and father to the level of stupidity he has foolishly displayed on this forum for several months shocked

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