INEC Speaks On Fire Engulfed Offices

The office of the independent electoral commission,in awka, anambra state caught fire on Tuesday 12, feb 2019. Daily post reports that the staff of the commission and other people gathered at the scene to watch helplessly as the raging fire did damages to the property within the office.
The fire which was said to have started at about 2:10 pm allegedly started from a container bearing election materials dispatched to the centre earlier. Attempts to speak with the anambra INEC resident electoral commissioner, Dr Nwachukwu Orji yielded no result as he did not take his call, neither did the public relations officer of the commission, Leo nkedife . Daily post gathered that part of the materials in the container are card readers to be used for Saturday’s election.
Moreso The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said 8,966 Permanent Voters’ Cards and other materials were among the things destroyed by the fire that engulfed its offices in Abia and Plateau states in the past seven days.
INEC in a statement on Sunday signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said the Smart Card Readers were not affected in both incidents, which happened within one week.
The Commission however assured Nigerians that it will not succumb to the antics of arsonists whose motive might be to create fear in the minds of voters and sabotage the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, the commission has urged all relevant security agencies to arrest and bring to justice, persons or groups involved in the attacks on the offices of the Commission.


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