The mandate given to the ECNBA is to organise and conduct a free, fair and credible election into the National Offices provided in Section 8 of the Constitution of the Association. In line with the objectives of the Association and in order to facilitate the jobs of the ECNBA as enshrined in the extant Constitution of the NBA 2015 (hereinafter referred to as the Constitution), the ECNBA hereby presents the following Guidelines and Time Table for the conduct of the National Officers Elections, 2018.
A. NATIONAL OFFICERS
14. The Legal Adviser
B. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS TO CONTEST NATIONAL OFFICES
By virtue of Section 8(3) of the Constitution of the NBA 2015, a member of the Association shall be qualified to contest a National Office if such member has paid, as at the date of his/her nomination, the Bar Practice Fees and Branch Dues for three (3) consecutive years. Each of the payments must have been made as and when due i.e on or before 31st March of each year.
Constitutional requirements for the offices are;
• Candidates for the offices of Second Assistant Secretary, Assistant Publicity Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary must not be less than five (5) years post-enrolment to bar.
In computing post-enrolment at the Bar for the qualification and nomination of candidates, the ECNBA shall take into consideration whether the candidate/member paid his/her Bar Practicing Fees as and when due.
C. DISQUALIFICATION FROM HOLDING NATIONAL OFFICE
Pursuant to Section 8(4) of the Constitution, an Applicant/Aspirant shall be disqualified from holding any National Office of the Association if during the campaigns for the election the following is established against him/her:
In addition to the above and pursuant to paragraph 2.6 of the second schedule of the constitution, a member shall not be eligible for election as a national officer if he/she;
e) Has been convicted of a crime or has been indicted by a disciplinary committee for an alleged or professional impropriety.
D. ZONING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE OFFICES
In line with the provision of Section 9(3) of the Constitution and Paragraph 2.2(e) (i)-(iii) Second Schedule to the Constitution, the ECNBA has approved the zoning of National Offices as set out below;
|1||President||Not less than 15 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years in NEC.||East|
|2||1st Vice President||As above||East|
|3||2nd Vice President||As above||West|
|4||3rd Vice President||As Above||North|
|5||General Secretary||Not less than 10 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years in NEC.||North|
|6||First Assistant Secretary||Not less than 8 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years at the Branch Executive Committee.||Not Zoned|
|7||2nd Assistant Secretary||Not less than 5 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years at the Branch Executive Committee..||Not Zoned|
|8||Treasurer||Not less than 10 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years at the NEC.||Not Zoned|
|9||Welfare Secretary||Not less than 10 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years at the NEC.||Not Zoned|
|10||Financial Secretary||Not less than 10 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years at the NEC.||Not Zoned|
|11||Assistant FinancialSecretary||Not less than 5 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years at the Branch Executive Committee.||Not Zoned|
|12||Publicity Secretary||Not less than 10 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years at the NEC.||Not Zoned|
|13||Assistant PublicitySecretary||Not less than 5 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years at the Branch Executive Committee .||Not Zoned|
|14||Legal Adviser||Not less than 10 years post-enrolment and not less than 2 years at the NEC.||Not Zoned|
The 2018 NBA National Elections shall hold between 23:59hours of Friday 27th to 23:59hours of Saturday 28th July, 2018. To this end, nomination of candidate shall commence from 2nd May, 2018 and end on 31st May, 2018. Nomination Forms shall be available at the National Secretariat, NBA House and Online as from 2nd May, 2018.The ECNBA shall consider the nominations of candidates and reserves the right to disqualify any nominated candidate for contravening the conditions specified under these Guidelines and communicate its decision to the affected aspirants/contestants.Such disqualified aspirant who is aggrieved or dissatisfied with the decision of the ECNBA in respect of his nomination may within seven (7) days of the communication of the decision, appeal against such decision. Such appeal should be presented not later than 22nd June, 2018.The ECNBA upon the receipt of an appeal from any aspirant shall consider same and give its decision within fourteen (14) days.
F. QUALIFICATION OF MEMBERS TO VOTE
1. Election into the National Offices shall be by universal suffrage. Branches must send the list of their members who have paid their Annual Practicing Fees as well as the Branch Dues to the Secretary of the ECNBA vide email@example.com and copy firstname.lastname@example.org ,email@example.com . The list must contain the full name, mobile phone number and active email address of each member.
2. Every Branch must also attach the photocopies of the receipts and bank deposit slips evidencing payment of the Annual Bar Practicing Fees as well as the Statement of Account of Bank showing payment of Branch dues and levies by members whose names are contained in the list.
3. The comprehensive list of members eligible to vote shall be published not less than twenty eight (28) days before the date of the elections.
G. CAMPAIGN RULES AND REGULATIONS
Campaign for the elections shall be conducted as provided in paragraph 2.3(f), (g) and (h) of the Second Schedule of the Constitution namely;
i. Candidates shall submit by email not more than four pages of A4-size electronic copy of their Curriculum Vitae, comprehensive manifestoes and other campaign material to the ECNBA for publication on the NBA website, not later than the day fixed by the ECNBA.
ii. The publication, printing or distribution of any campaign materials, gifts and any form of souvenir whatsoever by a candidates or his supporter(s) is hereby prohibited and any candidate who contravenes these provisions shall be disqualified from being voted for.
iii. The ECNBA shall collate all materials, arrange them in alphabetical order without regard for the position being sought and publish them in an electronic Election Magazine to be hosted on the NBA website at least twenty one (21) days before the election.
Traveling across the country to the branches to canvass for votes is discouraged under these Guidelines.
H. REGULATIONS FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING
Pursuant to Section 9(4) and Paragraph 2.4(a) & (b) of the Second Schedule to the Constitution, the elections shall be conducted electronically.
Further Guidelines regarding the modalities for the E- Voting, verification and accreditation of voters shall be published at a later date in accordance with paragraph 2.4(c) of the Second Schedule of the Constitution.