FACT CHECK: Is the Stealing of Ballot Boxes Punishable by Death?


The Electoral Act (2010) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was created to regulate the Federal, State and Area Council elections. Therefore it makes specific provisions in the law for the any attempt to intimidate voters, steal voting materials or destroy voting materials.

Section 129 (4) specifically states that, “Any person who snatches or destroys any election material commits an offence and is liable on conviction to 24 months imprisonment”

Therefore the Nigerian Electoral Act (2010) does not state that the stealing of ballot boxes is punishable by death.