A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has been dragged to court by three lawyers claiming that their rights have been violated following the organisation's inability to issue them with Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
According to the lawyers, they have no hope of receiving PVCs due to INEC informing them that their information had been wiped off the organisation's database, Vanguard reports.
Chijioke Emeka, Kalu Uduma and Emeka Odikpo have taken to the courts to declare that their civil and legal rights would be breached should INEC not be able to provide them with PVCs before the upcoming elections on March 28 and April 11.
The plaintiffs are also hoping that INEC be issued with an order directing them to issue the PVCs or make alternative arrangements to enable them to vote.
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According to the men, their rights would be breached due to negligence or mismanagement on the pat of INEC.
Justice Ibrahim Buba, trial judge, has granted the three leave to serve the originating summons on INEC in Abuja. The judge has also ordered accelerated hearing due to the urgency of the matter and has directed parties to file written addresses.
The matter has been adjourned to March 16 for continued hearing.
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