The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has refuted a statement credited to it that it had opted to burn unclaimed PVCs in itscustody in Ondo State.
The head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Olabimpe Awoniyi said this in a statement issued on Wednesday and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure.
According to the statement, the Resident Electoral Commissioner inthe State (REC) Dr Rufus Akeju saidthe commission had not made any possible option about the unclaimed PVCs, talkless of setting them ablaze.
He added that it did not categorically state that it would burn unclaimed PVCs as being reported by some sections of media and considered submission of such media has mere figment of imagination.
Akeju reinforced his statement to remove ambiguity and misrepresentation by saying that the commission had not met to consider the options open to it but would definitely come up with a feasible view.
He said this would prevent the possibility of the unclaimed cards being used to manipulate elections.
The REC only expressed his worry on the huge amount of the unclaimed cards in spite of the efforts of the commission through persistent and sustained sensitization.
He appealed to the owners of the cards to collect them from the INECoffice to enable voter in the forthcoming elections.
The commission was shocked by the misrepresentation of fact and misinformation published on March13, 2018 by some section of the press.
According to the report, that the REC, during his visit to Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) office on March 12, 2018 in Akure said he was burning the unclaimed PVCs.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the REC did not make a categorical statement that INEC had decided toburn all unclaimed voter’s card.
” Rather, he said burning them might be an option to consider by the commission.
“The commission hereby assures the public of its unwavering commitment to the veritable tenets of fairness and integrity in the discharge of its onerous tasks to deepen democracy in Nigeria’’ it said.
Akeju commended the media in the state for their effort in adding ethics and professionalism in it activities.
He urged them to also avoid sensationalism and temptation to give false reporting.(NAN)