• SECOND ALTERATION – ACT, 2010

    Second Alteration

    ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

    Section Object Section Object
    1 Alteration of the 1999 Constitution and the Constitution (First Alteration) Act No. 5, 2010 1 Alteration of Section 5 of the First Alteration Act
    3 Alteration of Section 10 of the First Alteration Act 4 Alteration of Section 11 of the First Alteration Act
    5 Alteration of Section 17 of the First Alteration Act 6 Substitution for Section 233 of the Constitution and Section 24 of the First Alteration Act
    7 Substitution for Section 25 of the First Alteration Act and Section 239 of the Constitution 8 Substitution for Section 246 of the Constitution and Section 26 of the First Alteration Act
    9 Substitution for Section 285 of the Constitution and Section 29 of the First Alteration Act 10 Substitution for the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution and Sixth Schedule to the First Alteration Act
    11 Citation

     

    CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (SECOND ALTERATION) ACT, 2010
    CITATION
    An Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (First Alteration) Act, 2010; and for related matters.

    COMMENCEMENT:               29TH NOVEMBER, 2011

    ENACTED BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA—

    1.       The provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (in this Act referred to as the “Constitution”) and the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (First Alteration) Act No. 5 2010 (in this Act referred to as the “First Alteration Act”) are altered as set out in this Act.

    Time of Election to the National Assembly (Alteration of Section 5 of the First Alteration Act)

    2.       Section 5 of the First Alteration act is altered in paragraph (b) by substituting for the words “one hundred and fifty days and not later than one hundred and twenty days before” in line 2 and 3, the words “ one hundred and fifty days and not later than thirty days before”.

    Time of Election to House of Assembly (Alteration of Section 10 of the First Alteration act

    3.       Section 10 of the First Alteration act is altered in paragraph (b) by substituting for the words “one hundred and fifty days and not later than one hundred and twenty days before” in lines 2 and 3,  the words “one hundred and fifty days before”.

    Election of the President: General (Alteration of Section 11 of the First Alteration Act)

    4.       Section 11 of the First Alteration Act is altered in paragraph (b) by substituting the words “one hundred and fifty days and not later than one hundred and twenty days before” in lines 2 and 3, the words “one hundred and fifty days and not later than thirty days before”.

    Election of Governor

    5.       Section 17 of the  First Alteration Act is altered in paragraph (b) by substituting the words “one hundred and fifty days and not later than one hundred and twenty days before” in lines 2 and 3, the words “one hundred and fifty days and not later than thirty days before”.

    Appellate Jurisdiction (Substitution for Section 233 of the Constitution and Section 24 of the First Alteration Act)

    6.       Section 233 of the Constitution and section 24 of the First Alteration Act are substituted for the following new section –

    “(1)    The Supreme Court shall have jurisdiction, to the exclusion of any other court of law in Nigeria, to hear and determine appeals from the Court of Appeal.

    (2)      An appeal shall lie from the decisions of the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court as of right in the following cases—

    (a)      where the ground of appeal involves questions of law alone, decisions in any civil or criminal proceedings before the Court of Appeal;

    (b)      decisions in any civil or criminal proceedings on questions as to the interpretation or application of this Constitution;

    (c)      decisions in any civil or criminal proceedings on questions as to whether any of the provisions of Chapter IV of this Constitution has been, is being or is likely to be contravened in relation to any person;

    (c)      decisions in any criminal proceedings in which any person has been sentenced to death by the Court of Appeal or in which the Court of Appeal has affirmed a sentence of death imposed by any other Court;

    (e)      decisions on any question—

    (i)       whether any person has been validly elected to the office of President or Vice-President under this Constitution,

    (ii)      whether the term of office of President or Vice President has ceased;

    (iii)     whether the office of President or Vice-President has become vacant;

    (iv)     whether any person has validly elected to the office of Governor or Deputy-Governor under this Constitution;

    (v)      whether the term of office of a Governor or Deputy Governor has ceased;

    (vi)     whether the office of Governor or Deputy Governor has ceased;

    (vi)     whether the office of Governor or Deputy Governor has become vacant; and

    (f)      such other cases as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly”.

     

    ORIGINAL JURISDICTION (Substitution for section 25 of the Alteration Act and section 239 of the Constitution)

    7.       Section 25 of the First Alteration Act and Section 239 of the Constitution are substituted fopr the following new sections—

    “(1)    Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Court of Appeal shall, to the exclusion of any other court of law in Nigeria, have original jurisdiction to hear and determine any question as to whether—

    (a)      whether any person has been validly elected to the office of President or Vice-President under this Constitution,

    (b)      whether the term of office of President or Vice President has ceased;

    (c)      whether the office of President or Vice-President has become vacant;

    (2)      in the hearing and determination of an election petition under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of this section, the Court of Appeal shall be duly constituted if it consists of at least three Justices of the Court of Appeal.

    Appeal from Code of Conduct Tribunal and other Courts and Tribunals

    8.       Section 26 of the First Alterations Act and section 246 of the Constitution are substituted for the following new section—

    “(1)    An appeal to the Court of Appeal shall lie as of right from—

    (a)      decisions of the Code of Conduct tribunal established in the Fifth Schedule to this Constitution

    (b)      decisions of the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunals; and

    (c)      decisions of the Governorship Election Tribunals, on any question as to whether—

    (i)       any person has been validly elected as a member of the National Assembly or of a House of a Assembly of a State under this Constitution

    (ii)      any person has been validly elected to the office of a Governor or Deputy Governor, or

    (ii)      the term of office of any person has ceased or the seat of any such person has become vacant.

    (2)      The National Assembly may confer jurisdiction upon the Court of Appeal to hear and determine appeals from the decision of any other court of law or tribunal established by the National Assembly.

    (3)      The decisions of the Court of Appeal in respect of appeals arising from the National and State Houses of Assembly election petitions shall be final”.

    Establishment of Election Tribunals and Time for Determination of Election Petitions (Substitution for Section 285 of the Constitution and section 29 of the First Alteration Act)

    9.       Section 29 of the First Alteration Act and section 285 of the Constitution are substituted for the following new sections—

    “(1)    There shall be established for each State of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, one or more election tribunals to be known as the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunals which shall, to the exclusion of any Court or tribunal, have original jurisdiction to hear and determine petitions as to whether—

    (a)      Any person has been validly  elected as a member of the National Assembly; or

    (b)      Any person has been validly elected as a member of the House of a Assembly of a State.

    (2)      There shall be established in each State of the Federation an election tribunal to be known as the Governorship Election Tribunal which shall, to the exclusion of any court or tribunal, have original jurisdiction to hear and determine petitions a to whether any person has been validly elected to the office of Governor or Deputy Governor of a State.

    (3)      The composition of the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal and the Governorship Election Tribunal, respectively shall  be as set out in the Sixth Schedule to this Constitution.

    (4)      The quorum of an election tribunal established under this section shall be the Chairman and one other member.

    (5)      An election petition shall be filed within 21 days after the date of the declaration of result of the elections;

    (6)      An election tribunal shall deliver its judgment in writing within 180 days from the date of the filing of the petition;

    (7)      An appeal from a decision of an election tribunal or Court of Appeal in an election matter shall be heard and disposed of within 60 days from the date of delivery of judgment of the tribunal or Court of Appeal.

    (8)      The Court, in all final appeals from an election tribunal or court may adopt the practice of first giving its decision and reserving the reasons therefore to a latter date.”

    10.     The Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, is substituted for a new “Sixth Schedule”—

    “Sixth Schedule (Substitution for the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution and Sixth Schedule to the First Alteration Act)

    A—NATIONAL AND STATE HOUSES OF ASSEMBLY ELECTION TRIBUNAL

    1.       (1)      A National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal shall consist of a Chairman and two other members.

    (2)      The Chairman who shall be a Judge of a High Court and the two other members shall be appointed from among Judges of a High Court, Kadis of a Sharia Court of Appeal, Judges of a Customary Court of Appeal of the State or the President of the Customary of Appeal or members of the judiciary not below the rank of a Chief Magistrate.

    (3)      The Chairman and other members shall be appointed by the President of the Court of Appeal in consultation with the Chief Judge of the State, the Grand Kadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the State or the President of the Customary Court of Appeal of the State, as the case may be”.

    11.     This Act may be cited as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Second Alteration) Act, 2010.

    EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

    This Act further alters the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and the Constitutions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (First Alteration) Act, 2010 among other things to provide for new timelines for the conduct of national elections, by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

     SCHEDULE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (SECOND ALTERATION) BILL 2010

    Short Title of the Bill Long title of the Bill Summary of the content of bill Date passed by the Senate Date passed by the House of Representatives Date of Receipt of approval by the State Houses of Assembly
    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Second Alteration) Bill 2010 An Act to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (First Alteration) Act 2010 among other things, to provide for new time-lines for the conduct of national elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission The Bill further alters the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (First Alteration) Act, 2010 among other things to provide for new time-lines for the conduct of national elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission 3rd November, 2010 4th November, 2010 29th November, 2010

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