Dr.Rufus Akeju, the New Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Ondo State, said the commission was considering burning unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) before the 2019 general elections.
Akeju disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Monday inAkure, the state capital.
He explained that all attempts had been made by the commission through thorough sensitisation and awareness to reach out to the affected electorates in order to collect their PVCs as to enable them perform their civic duties.
“The commission is making efforts almost on daily basis for voters to get their PVCs and if eventually some of them are not collected, the commission may decide to burn it or make it un-useful as to avoid using it to manipulate the coming election.’ he said.
The REC said that the burning process would be made open for allNigerians to witness.
Akeju said that a total number of 1,659,186 are eligible voters and 1,288,722 cards have been distributed so far, adding that 370,464 are virtually unclaimed PVCs.
He said the commission was doing everything possible for a credible election that would meet with the global best practices.
According to him: “we now have new and improve data capturing for moderate and effective capturing.
“We have introduced additional card readers in case one is malfunctioning in particular unit,’’ he said.
The REC solicited for the support ofall journalists in the state, as he said they remained major stakeholders in educating the general public.
He however urged newsmen to report timely and accurately storiesthey gathered from INEC offices in the state without any biased.
The Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State, Mr James Sowole promised that the union would support the commission in any area they could be of help.
Sowole who welcome the REC assured him of full cooperation provided there is enabling environment to work with.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akeju, before his posting to the state, was the immediate REC in Osun and resumed office in Jan. 25, 2018.