Circumstances under which the President may exercise the prerogative of mercy

The president may:

  • Grant pardon either free or subject to lawful conditions a person convicted of an offence.
  • Grant to a person a respite either indefinite or for a specified period of the execution of a punishment imposed on that person.
  • Substitute a less severe term of punishment for a punishment imposed on a person for an offence.
  • Remit the whole or part of a punishment imposed on a person for an offence or of a penalty or forfeiture.
  • Remove in whole or in part the non-qualification or the disqualification of a person arising out of or in consequence of the report of an election court.
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