ABUJA COURT STRIKES OUT CASE AGAINST USE OF PVCS

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has scaled another hurdle in its bid to use the Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, in the upcoming general elections, as a Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a suit filed by a group, Society for Advancement and Protection of Public Rights, seeking an order to stop the use of the cards.






     

     

    The presiding judge, Justice Abdulkadir Abdul-Kafarati, struck out the suit following the application of discontinuance filed by the group.

    The counsel to the group, Olatunji Salawu, said the suit had been overtaken by events because of the latest developments of wider distribution of PVCs, pointing that there was no need to continue with the suit.

    Meanwhile, the group had since filed another suit before Justice Gabriel Kolawole, opposing the use of card reader machine in the forthcoming polls scheduled to hold on March 28 and April 11, 2015.

    Hinging its prayers on the grounds that the use of the card readers was likely to lead to the disenfranchisement of eligible voters, the group is seeking a ruling directing INEC to revert to the use of temporary voter cards, which it said, had been tested during previous elections.

     

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