Police list 15 major electoral offences voters must avoid

Sacked Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba

The Nigeria Police Force has issued a statement warning members of the public, particularly those going to vote, to beware of some 15 electoral offences on Election Day.

In a statement Thursday, Force Public Relations Office, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said anyone who commits any of the offences would be arrested and prosecuted.

The offences are listed below.

(1)              Casting of vote twice or more.
(2)              Announcing false election result.
(3)              Stopping any other person from voting.
(4)             Revealing information on a ballot paper of another person.
(5)              Being in possession of another person’s voter card.
(6)              Disorderly Behaviour at polling unit.
(7)              Canvassing for votes at polling unit.
(8)              Shouting Slogan of a political party at polling unit.
(9)              Being armed with guns, sticks, stones or any other dangerous weapons at polling unit.
(10)         Loitering or walking about in a polling unit.
(11)         Using siren at a polling unit.
(12)         Snatching or destroying ballot boxes or Card readers.
(13)         Holding public meeting during election hours on Election Day.
(14)         Wearing or carrying badge or poster of a political party.
(15)         Inflicts or threatens to inflict injury on any person or persons at a polling unit.


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  • NTT

    16. Shearing of JONA /SAMBO Rice during election should also be included.

    • Walter

      Sharing… not shearing

      • T-Rex

        Hahahaha! What do you expect from a holder of a forged certificate?

        • Walter

          Rather unfortunate!!!

  • B.Messi

    Wähala should beware of offence No.(5).

    Premium Times should be careful with offence No.( 2), in view of their proposed parallel ‘digital’ elections centre.

    All Naijas should be wary of offence No.(10), in view of the fact that Nigerian cops can arrest you for ‘loitering’ in your own house.

  • Stomach Infrastructure

    How about awarding pipeline contracts to known ethnic militias? Sharing of dollars to the spiritual contractors and traditional ruiners? And wetin you carry? No offence?

  • James Ojapa

    Rafiq raji, the burning question you failed to address is – WHY DOES KING BUHARI SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT OUTSIDE NIGERIA AFTER SPENDING MANY BILLIONS ON HIS STATE HOUSE CLINIC- MORE MONEY THAN HE SPENT ON HEALTHCARE FOR HIS SUBJECTS- WE THE NIGERIAN MASSES? – going against his clear campaign promise of abolishing medical tourism . I suggest you go back to your sponsors at the presidency and get back to us with answers to this question not this balderdash you wrote. Sai anjima


      Buhari claims that he is NOT even in the hospital. So, you are even giving them too much credit. The elected head of state of Nigeria is lounging around in London, for months, eating Bananas and c oke…

      • James Ojapa

        Eating bananas and coke- i like that. Lol


    This veiled threat captures the relationship between the HausaFulani and the Yoruba completely.

    So, read it over and over, and finally get it.

    This guy, Rafiq has very little regard for the Constitution, fairness, or Justice. His “hot” seat threat to Osinbajo, and by extension, the Yoruba, is euphemism for terrorism.

    He has suddenly become a contortionist in order to make argument that makes oil water, and desert, the sea. And, he really thinks he’s very clever.

    Why start by asking that the President desist from paying London thousands of pounds to pay for parking an airplane there uselessly, he asks…

    Why Not?

  • NoSpinEd

    it is time to address this sensitive scenario wisely and more clearly in a constitutional amendment. As it now stands, following the American example, the VP becomes President if the President resigns or is deemed too ill to govern. Unfortunately our tribal and religious sentiments are stronger than anything prescribed by our constitution. To Northerners, this would be the second time a Muslim President from the North failed to complete his term. They would argue that a kinsman should be chosen to complete his term. To the Yorubas of the Southwest, who clearly see the advantage to them, it is a simple matter. Follow the constitution as written. To the Ibos of the Southeast, who feel left out in the cold, the unspoken “rotation of the Presidency” will never get to them.
    Until We become thoroughly de-tribalized as a nation of nations and have real statesmen run for office instead of tribal politicians of every ilk, this will be our lot.