Home VOL. 4 (2018) Prosecuting Electoral offences in Nigeria and Kenya: A Comparative Analysis

Prosecuting Electoral offences in Nigeria and Kenya: A Comparative Analysis

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Abstract

Election offences refer to all the crimes committed during the election period of a general election or By-election for political offices and which were directly related to the elections. The incapacity to investigate and prosecute electoral offences is alarming and discouraging and calls for discourse. Therefore, there is the need for vigorous and result oriented investigation and prosecution of such offences in Nigeria and Kenya. This is forestall voters’ apathy and curb the brazen impunity exhibited on the part of those who perpetuate such electoral offences. Some salient provisions of the Electoral law on electoral offences pertaining to voters and electoral officials are stated and adumbrated on to know the adequacy or otherwise of the law. Realistically, there is the obvious need to create an independent Electoral Offences Commission with powers to investigate and prosecute such cases in synergy with Federal and State Prosecutors in both Jurisdictions.

Authors: K.O. Mrabure