Friday, 19 June 2020

REMINDER ON 2020 ELECTIONS: Travel Across the Country or to NBA Branches to Canvass for Votes, Get Disqualified --- ECNBA Warns Aspirants

UPDATES ON 2020 ELECTIONS: Travel Across the Country or to NBA Branches to Canvass for Votes, Get Disqualified, ECNBA Warns Aspirants

Updates by Levi Ejike

Recall that the Electoral Committee for the Nigerian Bar Association (2020 ECNBA) had on 21 April 2020, issued the "Guidelines for the 2020 Nigerian Bar Association National Officers Elections," to regulate the conduct of the 2020 national elections of the association. Paragraph 6.1 (7) of the 2020 ECNBA GUIDELINES, signed by Mr Tawo Tawo, SAN (ECNBA Chairman) and Mrs. Cordelia Ekeh (ECNBA Secretary) provides as follows:

"Pursuant to Section 8(4) and Paragraph 1.6 of the Second Schedule of the Constitution of the Nigeria Bar Association 2015 (as amended), a Nominee/Aspirant shall be disqualified from holding any National Office of the Association if any of the following is established against him/her:  Traveling across the country or to the Branches of the NBA to canvass for votes in whatever form or guise from the date Nominations are declared open for interested aspirants, is prohibited. PROVIDED THAT campaigns can only be done by publication of campaign materials supplied to the ECNBA by the candidates on the designated website.Any candidate who is proven to have engaged in any activities to the contrary, shall be disqualified. "

Grounds for disqualification of an aspirant include:

1.      That he/she is sponsored by or has received any financial assistance or inducement from any government, whether, local, State or Federation, or members, organisations or bodies corporate;

2.      That he/she sponsors or is associated with sponsoring a newspaper or magazine article or any electronic or social media broadcast vilifying other candidates or extolling a candidate’s virtues;

3.      That he/she has held an elective office as a national officer for two (2) consecutive terms and that such person shall not be eligible to contest for a national office until at least ten (10) years after his/her last term in office;

4.      That his/her payment of Bar Practice Fees and the Branch dues was not as and when due;

5.      If any of the two (2) nominators is not qualified as the candidate or has any element that vitiates his/her qualification as a candidate;

6.      If he/she or any of his/her nominators did not meet the post-call/post-enrolment requirements for the office being sought. In computation of post-call/post-enrolment at the Bar for the qualification and nomination of candidates, the Committee shall take into cognizance the year in which the candidate/member paid his/her first Bar Practice Fees.

7.      Traveling across the country or to the Branches of the NBA to canvass for votes in whatever form or guise from the date Nominations are declared open for interested aspirants, is prohibited. PROVIDED THAT campaigns can only be done by publication of campaign materials supplied to the ECNBA by the candidates on the designated website.Any candidate who is proven to have engaged in any activities to the contrary, shall be disqualified.

8.      Engaging in electoral campaigns in any form other than as provided by the constitution from the time of issuance of these guidelines is prohibited and will be considered a conduct unbecoming of a legal practitioner leading to disqualification of the candidate.

9.      Engagement in any form of inducement of members of the Association.

10. If he or she is not a Nigerian citizen.

11. If he/she is a member of  a Political party

12. If he/she is an adjudged bankrupt or has made a composition or arrangement with his/her creditors.

13. If he or she is adjudged mentally unfit to take up the position by a competent medical authority.

14. He/she has been convicted of a crime or has been indicted by the disciplinary committee for an alleged offence or professional impropriety.

At the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Nigerian Bar association held on the 12th day of March, 2020 in Abuja, FCT, a five-man Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), otherwise known as ECNBA was appointed, pursuant to Section 9(1) and Paragraph 1.1(a) and (c) of the Second Schedule to the Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association 2015 (as amended). The Committee has Mr. Tawo. E. Tawo, SAN as its Chairman. Other members include Abdullahi Haruna SAN, Prof. Augustine Agom, Mr. Alozie Echeonwu and Mrs. Cordelia U. Eke (Secretary). The Committee waswas subsequently inaugurated by the President of the NBA on the same date, at the NBA House, Abuja

The five-man Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), otherwise known as ECNBA was appointed, pursuant to Section 9(1) and Paragraph 1.1(a) and (c) of the Second Schedule to the Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association 2015 (as amended) at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Nigerian Bar association held on the 12 March 2020 in Abuja, the FCT, . The Committee has Mr. Tawo. E. Tawo, SAN as its Chairman. Other members include Abdullahi Haruna SAN, Prof. Augustine Agom, Mr. Alozie Echeonwu and Mrs. Cordelia U. Eke (Secretary). The Committee was inaugurated by the President of the NBA on the same date, at the NBA House, Abuja.

Read more on <https://nigerianbar.org.ng/2020-ecnba-guidelines-final> accessed 19 June 2020)


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