Requirements For Declaring A Winner In Nigeria Elections (Presidential, Governorship, Senatorial, etc)

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LEGAL ISSUES IN DECLARATION OF ELECTION RESULT:

  1. A candidate for a contested election to the office of Chairman of an Area Council shall be declared winner if he has:
    • A majority of the votes cast at the election; and
    • Not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the Wards in the Area Council.
  2. Candidates for contested elections to State Houses of Assembly and National Assembly Elections emerge winners by simple majority votes.
  3. A candidate for a contested election to the office of Governor shall be declared winner if he has:
    • The highest number of votes cast at the election; and
    • Not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the LGAs in the state.
  4. A candidate for a contested election to the office of president shall be declared winner if he or she has:
    • The highest number of votes cast at the election; and
    • 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.

Full Text Of President Buhari’s Speech Ahead Of 2019 General Elections

NOTE:
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).
Where no candidate gets the required spread, the Commission shall within seven (7) days of the result of the election arrange for another election between the candidate who scored the highest number of votes at the election and one among the remaining candidates who has a majority of votes in the highest number of States. Where there is more than one candidate with a majority of votes in the highest number of States, the candidate with the highest total of votes cast at the election shall be the second candidate for the election.
A candidate shall be deemed to have been duly elected to the office of president if he has a majority of the votes cast at the election. Section 133 (3)(4) of the 1999 Constitution.

Collation And Declaration Of Election Results In Nigeria – All You Need To Know

DECLARATIONS MADE AT DIFFERENT ELECTIONS:

Results are declared at various stages depending on the type of Election.

  1. Councillorship election                      –      RA/Ward Collation Centre
  2. Chairmanship Election                      –      LGA Collation Centre
  3. State House of Representative         –      State Constituency Collation Election Centre
  4. Federal House of Representative    –      Federal Constituency Collation Election Centre
  5. Senatorial Election                             –      Senatorial District Collation Centre
  6. Governorship Election                      –      State Collation Centre
  7. Presidential Elections                        –      Presidential Collation Centre

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