When Can Court Nullify An Election In Nigeria


DAILY LAW TIPS by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.(Tip 286)
Any election in any part of Nigeria can be nullified by an appropriate tribunal/court. An election will be nullified by a tribunal/court, where there is clear, positive, credible and over-whelming evidence that an election was not substantially conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act and that the non-compliance, substantially affected the result of the election. So, until you convince a tribunal/court that there was a SUBSTANTIAL NON-COMPLIANCE in the conduct of an election contrary to the provisions of Electoral Act and that such also affected the final result of an election result, an election will not be nullified.
My authorities are sections 138, 139, 140 and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010. Also, the decision of the Supreme Court in BUHARI V. OBASANJO (2003) 17 NWLR (Pt.850) 510 and the decision of Court of Appeal in the case of OKAFOR OKOREAFFIA & ANOR. v. HON. AGWU U. AGWU & ANOR. (2010) LPELR-4708(CA)
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