Court Order On Temporary Voter Cards Contravenes Electoral Act – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday said that it has not received the Certified True Copy of the order of a federal high court mandating it to allow registered voters with Temporary Voter Cards, TVCs, to vote in the March 18 governorship and state assemblies elections.

Also, the Commission claimed that the order as contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2033 (as amended), which provides that only voters with Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, should be allowed to vote in the elections.

Recall that Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had earlier ordered INEC to allow the use of Temporary Voter Cards, TVC, in the March 18 governorship and state houses of assembly elections.

The judge made the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed by two aggrieved Nigerians seeking the use of TVCs in the general elections in the absence of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.

He said that the order was made on the grounds that the plaintiffs were duly registered and captured in INEC’s database.

“An order is made compelling the defendant (INEC) to allow the plaintiffs to vote using their Temporary Voter Cards issued by the defendant, the plaintiffs having been duly captured in the National Register of Voter’s database.

“A declaration is made by this court that the plaintiffs, having fulfilled all necessary legal requirements to register and having consequently been captured in the defendant’s (INEC) central database and manual, printed paper-based record or hard copy format of the defendant’s maintained Register of Voters, the plaintiffs are entitled to vote using their Temporary Voter Cards in the forthcoming 2023 General Election,” the judge said.

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