The Independent National electoral commission, (INEC) on Monday disclosed that an unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) at its various offices across the country would be burnt.
The Resident Electoral Officer (REC) in Ondo State, Dr Rufus Akeju who made this known in Akure, Ondo state capital noted that this is to prevent the voter cards from being used to manipulate the 2019 elections.
Akeju said the electoral umpire would make a last effort in order to allow voters get their PVC before the commission takes a final decision on how to dispose of them.
He hinted that out of 1, 659, 186 registered voters in Ondo State only 1, 288, 722 people have collected the PVC while about 370,464 PVC still await collection.
The Ondo Resident Electoral Officer explained that the burning process would be made open for all Nigerians to witness and to be assured that the forthcoming general election would be free, fair and credible.
He lamented that the numbers of unclaimed voters register was worrisome adding that the commission would investigate the reasons for the development.
“We are investigating the cause behind the high number of unclaimed voters’ cards. But from our preliminary investigation, we discovered that many National Youth Corp Service (NYSC) members who registered did not collect their PVC.
“We also discovered that many students who registered have relocated while some of them have graduated. Many others have relocated from their states,” he disclosed.