Thursday, March 26, 2015

Police releases list of electoral offences

Ahead of Saturday’s polls, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has listed some electoral offences, in order for the voting public to know what to avoid on election days, as offenders would be arrested and prosecuted.
This was contained in a statement released by the Force Headquarters on Thursday.
The statement reminded members of the public of their civic responsibility of obedience to all laws of the state and as such advised them to conduct themselves properly, to ensure a violence-free election.
The statement named 15 offences, which include the following: Voting twice or more, announcing false election results, stopping any other person from voting, revealing information on the ballot paper of another person, being in possession of another person’s voter card, and disorderly behaviour at a polling unit.
Others are: Canvassing for votes at a polling unit, shouting the slogan of a political party at a polling unit, being armed with guns, sticks, stones or any other dangerous weapons at a polling unit, loitering or walking about in a poling unit, using sirens at a polling unit, snatching or destroying ballot boxes or card readers, holding public meetings during election hours on an election day, wearing or carrying the badge or poster of a political party, and inflicts or threatening to inflict injury on any person or persons at a polling unit.

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