SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, (THEWILL) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is considering burning unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before next year’s general elections.
Dr Rufus Akeju, the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State told newsmen on Monday in Akure that INEC is considering the option, since all attempts had been made in vain by the commission thorough sensitisation campaign to reach out to the affected voters to collect their PVCs.
He said the commission was making efforts almost on daily basis for voters to get their PVCs, adding that the commission may be compelled to resort to burning of the cards or destroying them to prevent it being used to manipulate elections.
The REC said that the burning process would be made public for all Nigerians to witness.
NAN reports that Akeju said in Ondo state, 1,659,186 people have been registered as eligible voters and 1,288,722 cards had been distributed so far, adding that 370,464 PVCs are unclaimed.
He also said the commission was doing everything possible to ensure a credible election that would meet with global best practices.
“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 a particular unit,” he said.