Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara has signed into law the state’s Local Government Electoral (Amendment) Law 2010.
In a statement, in Ilorin, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Alhaji Masud Adebimpe, said that by the signing of the law, the State Local Government Electoral Law. Cap. K32, Laws of Kwara State, 2006, had been amended.
Adebimpe stated that the law requires political parties interested in elections to submit their lists of candidates and their particulars to Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC) not later than 120 days before an election.
He noted that the law requires that the list of candidates be accompanied by affidavits sworn to by each candidate at the State High Court to indicate that the candidate fulfils all requirements for the election.
“The amendment also provides that KWSIEC shall, within 7 days of the receipt of the personal particulars of a candidate, publish same in the constituency where the candidate intends to contest the election”, the statement said.
By this provision, “any person, who has reasonable ground to believe that a candidate has given false information in his affidavit, may file a suit at the High Court to contest such information as supplied by the candidate.
“If the court by the suit, determines that any of the information contained in the affidavit is false, such candidate, would be disqualified from contesting the Local Government election,” the statement said.
The amended law also states that if a political party presents a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated for elections, it has committed an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N500, 000.
A political party that intends to change any of its candidates for an election shall inform the Commission of such change in writing not later than 60 days to the election date, the law further states.
It said that except in the case of death, no political party will be allowed to substitute a candidate after the stipulated period of 60 days to an election.
The law further provides that any person who contravenes its provisions shall be deemed to have committed an offence which is liable on conviction to a fine of N50, 000 or imprisonment for a year or both.
Accordingly, if anyone does anything that impedes or obstructs the proper counting or obtaining of the correct result of an election, such a person will be guilty of an offence and be liable on conviction to a fine of N100, 000 or three years imprisonment or both.