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Tuesday 7 March 2023

2023 General Elections: Using Dogs and Other Pets at Polling Places Is Illegal and Punishable - Police



The police say it is unacceptable for certain individuals, electorates, and groups of people to go to the polls with their pets.
The Nigeria Police Force has warned the public that bringing pets, particularly dogs, to polling stations on election day is a criminal offense.

According to police, the act is illegal and violates the provisions of the Electoral Act of 2022, as amended.
According to a statement issued today, March 7, by the police force's spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Section 126 (1) of the Electoral Act. 2022, explains clearly those actions displayed by electorates that constitute electoral breaches and are punishable under the law. He went on to say that paragraph (f) mentioned having weapons designed to intimidate voters and election officials.

"Dogs could be considered offensive weapons because their owners/handlers can use them to intimidate, harass, and assault and harm others. The Dogs Act, CAP 55 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1958 as domesticated in various States, and other Nigerian Criminal Laws are trite.

Certain individuals, electorates, and groups of people's conceived ideas and plans to go to the polls accompanied by pets are unacceptable, discouraged, and will remain an act of electoral infraction as it will cause harassment and intimidation.

The Nigeria Police Force, as result, warns those who intend to display their pets, specifically dogs, for whatever reason, at polling units to desist, as doing so constitutes violation of the Electoral Act, 2022, as amended, and other extant laws."

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