In a bid to reduce election rigging, Dr Rufus Akeju, the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission is considering burning unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the 2019 general elections.
He told newsmen on Monday in Akure that all attempts had been made by the commission through sensitisation campaign to reach out to the affected voters to collect their PVCs.
Akeju 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 check being used to manipulate elections.
The REC said 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.