INEC can burn unclaimed PVC before the next elections, says REC Rufus Akeju. The Independent National Electoral Commission is considering burning permanent voter cards (PVC) not claimed before next year's general election.
Dr. Rufus Akeju, the new Resident Election Commissioner (REC) at Ondo State told reporters in Akure on Monday that INEC is considering the option, since all the attempts were made in vain by the commission through a campaign of sensitization to reach the affected voters to collect their PVC.
He said the commission was making efforts almost daily to get voters to get their PVCs, adding that the commission may be forced to resort to burning the cards or destroying them to control that they are used to manipulate the elections.
The REC said that the burning process would be made public for all Nigerians to witness.
Akeju said in the state of Ondo, 1,659,186 people have registered as eligible voters and 1,288,722 cards have been distributed so far, adding that 370,464 PVC have not been claimed.
He also said that the commission was doing everything possible to ensure credible elections that complied with global best practices.
"Now we have a new and improved data capture for a moderate and effective capture.
"We have introduced additional card readers in case one does not work well in a particular unit," he said.
The REC requested the support of all journalists in the state, saying that they remain the main stakeholders in the education of the general public.
He, however, urged journalists to report with certainty the stories they collect from the INEC offices in the state.
The president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state, James Sowole, promised that the union would continue to support the commission in its activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akeju was the immediate REC in Osun before its publication in the State of Ondo.