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House Asks INEC to Allow Ad-hoc Card Holders to Vote

Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal

*Probes DSS allegation of APC hacking of INEC computers

By Muhammad Bello in Abuja

The House of Representatives has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to include in its election guidelines Nigerians with temporary voters cards in the final list of those eligible to vote in the February polls.

The House will also probe the allegation by the Department of State Security (DSS) that the All Progressives Congress (APC) hacked into the database of the INEC.

It came up with these decisions after it rose from plenary on Tuesday.

Spurred by a motion by the House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, under matters of urgent national importance, the House directed INEC to include in its election guidelines those with  temporary voters cards as being eligible to vote.

The motion was unanimously adopted.

Debating it, Gbajabiamila indicated that it is a motion that concerns every Nigerian and that some people will not be able to vote February 14 unless the House wades into the issue of Nigerians yet to get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

Noting that “INEC has been and is still issuing permanent voters’ cards to eligible voters in replacement of the temporary voters’ cards issued to Nigerians about four years ago”, the House expressed concern that “the general elections being just  four weeks or 31 days from now, it is very unlikely that the commission will be able to distribute the permanent voters’ cards to all registered and eligible voters before the elections.”

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