Dr. Rufus Akeju, the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State, says the Independent National Electoral Commission is considering burning unclaimed Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) before the 2019 general elections. Akeju told newsmen on Monday in Akure that the commission was making daily efforts for voters to get their PVCs. He disclosed that the commission may be compelled to burn the cards so they would not be used to manipulate elections. The REC assured that the burning process would be made public for all Nigerians to witness. 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.
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”, He as quoted as saying. “We have introduced additional card readers in case one is malfunctioning in a particular unit”. The REC solicited the support of all journalists in the state, saying they remain major stakeholders in educating the general public. Akeju was the immediate past REC in Osun before his posting to Ondo State.