Monday, March 27, 2023

Polls: Why We Can’t Allow Use Of Temporary Voters Card, INEC Tells Court

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday, explained before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, why it will not allow registered voters that failed to collect their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, before the deadline, to participate in the forthcoming general elections.


The electoral body, through its team of lawyers led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mr. Abdulaziz Sani, while urging the court to dismiss a suit that is seeking to compel it to allow those with temporary voters card or proof of registration, to vote on election day, maintained that the PVC is critical to its planned accreditation process.

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INEC told the court that unlike in previous elections where it allowed eligible electorates that had issues with accreditation, to vote after filing the Incident Form, it said in the impending elections, only those with PVCs that were duly authenticated with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, would be allowed to cast their ballot.

READ ALSO: PVC Collection: INEC Extends Deadline To Jan 29

The Commission was responding to a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/2348/2022, which alleged a plot to disenfranchise over 20 million eligible voters in the country.

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