As the presidential election draws closer, the Nigerian Police Force has warned Nigerians to stay within the ambit of the law during the election day.
The police said it is important that everyone should know that there is a thin line between your Polling Unit and the Prisons, or perhaps, a Police Cell.
Here are some of the actions which pose grave legal consequences.
-Presenting someone else’s Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC for voting may lead to prosecution.
This is in accordance with section 12(b) which provides that “Any person who presents the PVC of another person with an intention to use it to vote, shall not be allowed to vote and may be liable to arrest and prosecution.”
The Regulations and Guidelines provides that at the close of poll and after sorting and counting and recording of votes, the Presiding Officers shall post the completed Publication of Result Poster EC60(E) at the Polling Unit.
-Not pasting of Form EC60 (E) is electoral offence in line with Section 123 of the Electoral Act, 2010(as amended). Electoral officials must beware.
-A voter is free to remain within the vicinity of a Polling Unit after voting.
This is in accordance with section 20(d) of the Regulations and Guidelines which provides that; “After casting his/her ballot, the voter is free to remain within the vicinity of the Polling Unit to witness the sorting and counting of votes and the announcement of results, provided he/she is orderly. In other words, be disorderly and lose the right to sleep at home for the night or some days.
Other offences listed are;
-Casting of vote twice or more; announcing false election result; stopping any other person from voting and revealing information on the ballot paper of another person.
-Canvassing for votes at the polling unit, shouting slogans of a political party at the polling unit; being armed with guns, sticks, stones or any other dangerous weapons at a polling unit.
-Loitering or walking about in a polling unit is an offence, as well as using siren at a polling unit.
-Snatching or destroying ballot boxes or card readers, holding public meetings during election hours on Election Day, wearing or carrying badge or poster of a political party and inflicting or threatening to inflict injury on any person or persons at a polling unit are all electoral offences.