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Reasons Election Petitions Can Be Dismissed By Supreme Court

Election petitions in Nigeria are legal challenges filed by individuals or political parties to contest the outcome of an election. These petitions are usually heard and decided by the Supreme Court, which is the highest court in the land. However, not all election petitions are successful, as some are dismissed by the Supreme Court.

According to the Supreme Court and the Nigerian constitution, some election petitions can be dismissed by the highest court in Nigeria. These include:

Lack of jurisdiction: One of the most common reasons why election petitions are dismissed by the Supreme Court is a lack of jurisdiction. The court can only hear cases that fall within its jurisdiction, and if an election petition is filed outside its jurisdiction, it will be dismissed.

For instance, if a petition is filed against the outcome of a local government election that is not within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, the case will be dismissed.

Non-compliance with electoral laws: Another reason why an election petition can be dismissed by the Supreme Court is non-compliance with electoral laws. The Nigerian Constitution and Electoral Act provide specific guidelines for conducting elections in the country.

If a party fails to comply with these guidelines, the election may be declared null and void, and any petition filed about it can be dismissed.

Lack of evidence: To succeed in an election petition, the petitioner must provide sufficient evidence to prove their case. If there is a lack of evidence or insufficient evidence to prove the allegations made in the petition, the Supreme Court can dismiss the case. The court will require the petitioner to provide credible and compelling evidence to support their claim.

Time limit: There are strict time limits for filing election petitions in Nigeria. For example, petitions relating to presidential elections must be filed within 21 days of the declaration of the results. If a petition is filed outside the prescribed time limit, it can be dismissed by the Supreme Court.

Non-compliance with pre-election procedures: Another reason why an election petition may be dismissed is non-compliance with pre-election procedures.

For example, a political party that fails to conduct proper primaries before an election may be disqualified from participating in the election. If such a party files an election petition challenging the outcome of the election, the petition will be dismissed.

The Supreme Court of Nigeria is the final arbiter in election petition matters. Petitioners must ensure that they comply with all relevant laws and procedures, provide sufficient evidence, and file their petitions within the prescribed time limit to increase their chances of success.

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