The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), may burn all Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) that remain unclaimed before the 2019 general elections in the country.
This information was disclosed on Monday by Dr Rufus Akeju, the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State while addressing newsmen in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
He however stated that the commission will not relent in its efforts and sensitization to ensure all those affected collect their PVCs.
The REC said the commission may be forced to burn the cards or destroy them in order to stop them from being used to manipulate elections.
Should that be the case, the burning process would be made public for all Nigerians to witness, he added.
Akeju said that a total number of 1,659,186 are eligible voters and 1,288,722 cards had been distributed so far, adding that 370,464 are unclaimed.
Naija News reports that Akeju, who was the immediate past REC in Osun before his posting to Ondo State, also stated the commission is unrelenting in ensuring credible elections in 2019 and always.
“ 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.