Court Orders INEC to Allow Use of Temporary Voter Cards for Governorship and State Assembly Elections
The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the use of Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) for the forthcoming governorship and state houses of assembly elections, which will take place on March 18.
The court made the ruling in response to a suit filed by two Nigerians who sought the use of the TVCs in the absence of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The plaintiffs argued that having been captured in INEC’s central database, individuals could be accredited to vote with their TVCs in the general election.
The court ruled that there was no law stating that only PVCs could be used, but that the law provided for a voter’s card.
The plaintiffs were duly registered and captured in INEC’s database, and the court ordered INEC to allow the plaintiffs to vote using their TVCs. However, the court did not grant a request to allow every eligible voter with a TVC to vote.
The court maintained that the suit had not been brought in a representative capacity.