The Nigeria’s National Assembly (NASS) is the nation’s highest legislature, whose power to make laws is summarized in chapter one, section four of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. NASS consist of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
For the Collation and Declaration of National Assembly Election Result:
1. Federal Constituency Election Results:
The LGA Collation Officer in charge of the Federal constituency (House of Representatives) elections shall:
- Receive the original copies of result sheets from the Registration Area/Ward Collation Officer;
- Collate and add up the results to obtain the LGA summary;
- Submits the result to the Constituency Collation/Returning Officer.
The Constituency/Returning Officer shall:
- Collate the results received from the LGA Collation Officers into the appropriate result sheet;
- Enter the score of each candidate into the Declaration of Result Form for the Federal Constituency and return as elected the candidate with the highest number of valid votes cast at the Federal Constituency Election.
2. Senatorial District Election Results:
The Senatorial District Collation/Returning Officer shall:
- Take delivery of the original copies of the results from the LGA Collation Officers;
- Collate the results into the Senatorial District result form;
- Enter the score of each candidate into the declaration of result form for the Senate and return as elected the candidate who scores the highest number of valid votes cast at the Senatorial District Election.
Criteria To Be Declared Winner In National Assembly Election In Nigeria (i.e. the Senatorial and House Of Representatives Elections)
A candidate for a contested election to the National Assembly shall emerge winner by simple majority votes unlike the presidential candidate who requires not less than one-quarter of votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all States in the Federation and the FCT, Abuja.
Where two or more candidates score an equal number of votes being the highest in an election, the Returning Officer shall not return any of the candidates and a fresh election shall be held for the candidates on a date to be appointed by the Commission (Section 69 of Electoral Act 2010 as amended).