The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stated that it had not received the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the federal high court’s ruling requiring it to allow registered voters with Temporary Voter’s Cards (TVCs) to participate in the March 18 governorship and state assembly elections.
Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, the INEC Chairman’s Chief Press Secretary, stated, “I have not yet seen a Certified True Copy of the court order, so I am unable to comment on it.”
Justice Obiora Eguatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja ruled on a case brought before him by two disgruntled registered voters, Kofoworola Olusegun and Wilson Allwell, on Thursday (today).
The court ruled that neither the 1999 Constitution nor the Electoral Act (as amended) specified that only Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) could be used, but that Section 47 of the Electoral Act provided for only a voter’s card.
Section 47(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended) states: “A person who intends to vote in an election must present his voter’s card to a Presiding Officer for accreditation at the polling unit in his registered constituency.”
Since 2011, INEC, in reliance on its authority to develop election guidelines and manage the electoral process, has consistently adhered to the policy “no PVC, no vote.”
In the meantime, a source at the commission told Ejes Gist News Nigeria that the ruling violates the provisions of the Electoral Act of 2033 (as amended) and that only voters with Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) should be permitted to vote in elections.
“It is a decision with which we disagree, and I can tell you that when we receive the Certified True Copy, CTC, we will study it thoroughly and determine our next steps,” said the source.
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