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|Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Antoeni(m): 9:00am On Jul 14|
The Senate has passed a bill seeking to establish the Electoral Offences Commission.
This came after it considered the report by the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).
Gaya, in his presentation, said establishing the Electoral Offences Commission is much needed because INEC has found it difficult to prosecute electoral offenders in accordance with the provisions of sections 149 and 150(2) of the Electoral Act (as amended).
The Senate in Clause 12 of the bill approved at least five years jail term or a fine of at least N10 million or both, for any officer or executive of any association or political party that engaged in electoral fraud that contravened the provisions of clauses 221, 225(1)(2)(3) and (4) and 227 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
It approved that a political party’s candidate or agent who damages or snatches ballot boxes, ballot papers or election materials before, during or after an election without the permission of the election official in charge of the polling station attracts at least 20 years imprisonment or a fine of at least N40 million.
It also adopted the committee’s recommendation of 15 years imprisonment for any person involved in ballot box snatching, supplying voter’s card to persons without due authorisation, unauthorised printing of voters’ register, illegal printing of ballot paper or electoral document among others.
It also approved a 10 years jail term for any person who sells a voter’s card, or is in possession of any voter’s card bearing the name of another person.
The upper chamber, in Clause 20(2), approved at least 15 years jail term for any judicial officer or a court or tribunal that corruptly perverts electoral justice, during or after an election and at least, 15 years jail term or N30 million fine for any security personnel or election official engaged by INEC who attempts to influence the outcome of an election among others.
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Antoeni(m): 9:01am On Jul 14|
What about candidates that kidnapped inec comunissioner on gun point to declare him winner?
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Kriss216: 9:02am On Jul 14|
How many years for their sponsors
The law is for the poor, obviously.
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Antoeni(m): 9:03am On Jul 14|
What happen to the person that sent him. He should be disqualified and sent to jail too
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by tamdun: 9:07am On Jul 14|
Antoeni:Only a fool will risk 20yrs for a politician, this law alone should discourage anyone intending to snatch ballot box but, na Naija we dey
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|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by donbachi(m): 9:09am On Jul 14|
And the politicians dat sends them,will be walking freely.
Youths una done hear am?
Make una mess dem up bigtime,by allowing dem snatch the boxes by drm sef.
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Amotolongbo(f): 9:20am On Jul 14|
tamdun:This is Nigeria, forget that foolishness part.
Same people that could risk gun, cutlass and death to snatch ballot box won’t risk any jail term?
You think if they are arrested, these same politicians won’t facilitate their release for the next and following election?
Nigerian society isn’t viewed through the binocular of sanity.
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Maxymilliano(m): 9:20am On Jul 14|
And how many ballot box snatchers has been arrested or tried in the past for electoral offenses ?
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Ryda(m): 9:23am On Jul 14|
In the country called Nigeria they only make law, they don't enforce it.
Simply put the logic is, arrest the ballot box snatcher oga at the top will make a call for his release. That's all!
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Alabule: 9:28am On Jul 14|
Who will enforce the law?
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by akan102: 10:10am On Jul 14|
The law is good if it can be implemented, but naija is very unique place
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Penguin2: 10:43am On Jul 14|
This Kabiru Gaya has earned my respect.
From dropping Lauretta Onochie to these series of jail term for electoral offenders, seems the man is sincere and unbiased.
Even as there might be lopsidedness in applying the law but it will go a long way to reducing a lot of these electoral malpractices.
Good one Gaya!
|Re: Senate Approves 20-year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers by Nuelito: 10:48am On Jul 14|
Funny enough...na dem go still bail the thugs abi snatchers through backdoors.
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