The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has reacted to a fire incident that engulfed two containers filled with INEC electoral materials in Anambra State earlier yesterday.
In a statement signed
on Tuesday evening, made available to PoliticsNGR, the commission
revealed that 4695 card readers were destroyed in the fire. The
“Further to our statement of Sunday 10th February 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) regrets to inform the public that there has been another fire incident, this time in its Anambra State office.
This is the third of such incidents
in the last 12 days, following closely behind those of Isiala Ngwa and
Qua’an Pan Local Government offices in Abia and Plateau States
While the Commission awaits the details of the
latest incident, it notes with some relief that there was no fatality or
injury reported. Initial assessment however confirms that a total of
4695 of the Smart Card Readers were destroyed in the inferno.
this is, no doubt, a setback to our preparations for the smooth conduct
of the elections in Anambra State, the Commission has taken immediate
measures to ameliorate the situation, by mopping up some of the spare
Card Readers from other States to deploy to Anambra State.
With the steps so far taken. the Commission remains confident that the election in the state will proceed as scheduled.
have in the meantime reported the incident to the Police and the Fire
Service and investigations into the cause have commenced.
take this opportunity to commend the Fire Service for its response,
which prevented the spread of the fire and averted more damage.”