Temporary identity cards issued to voters in lieu of national identity cards at the recently concluded provincial council elections would be valid for voting at the forthcoming Presidential election, Commissioner of Elections, Dayananda Dissanayake said.
However, such identity cards issued to voters for the Eastern Provincial Council elections would not be valid, he said.
A total of 170,049 temporary identity cards were issued to voters to exercise their franchise at the recently conducted provincial council elections.
Provincial wise, 18,184 temporary identity cards in the Western Province, 19,928 in the Uva, 32,110 in the North Central, 33,550 in the Central, 22,223 in the Wayamba and 28,131 in the Southern Province were issued in lieu of national identity cards. These were valid only for voting.
Regarding the temporary identity cards issued in the East for the Eastern Provincial Council polls, Dissanayake said it had been found that proper procedure had not been followed in the issuance of some identity cards in the East and as such they won t be valid for voting in the Presidential election. But steps have been taken to issue eligible voters in the East with new temporary identity cards in lieu of national identity cards.
However, all voters in all provinces who do not possess national identity cards could apply through Grama Niladaris and obtain temporary identity cards within three weeks, he said.