- About 15,000 uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are set ablaze by arsonist who broke through the window of INEC office located in Isialangwa south local government area of Abia state
- The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Joseph Iloh, says the INEC register containing the list of all registered voters was also set ablaze by the attackers
- The Abia state police command discloses that it has commenced investigation into the attack on the INEC office
An attack by unknown persons on the office of INEC in Isialangwa south local government area of Abia state has led to the destruction of about 15,000 uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Joseph Iloh, told Channels TV on Sunday, February 3, that the arsonists broke in through the window of the office and set ablaze the uncollected PVCs.
He said the INEC register containing the list of all registered voters was also affected by the fire set by the hoodlums.
But Iloh noted that INEC had authentic list of registered voters at its headquarters in Umuahia, the state capital.
The Abia state police command has disclosed that it has commenced investigation into the attack. The command noted that those behind the arson would face the law if caught.
Meanwhile, INEC has warned journalists, social media users and accredited election observers not to risk going to jail by publishing results of the forthcoming elections not endorsed by the body.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that Festus Okoye, an INEC commissiober, issued the warning in Awka, Anambra state, at an event to sensitise media practitioners ahead of the 2019 general election. According to Okoye, only returning officers are mandated to announce results of the exercise.
The INEC commissioner quoted section 123 (4) of the electoral act 2010 (as amended) as stipulating that anyone who announces or publishes the result knowing that they are false or at variance with the signed certificate of return has committed an offence and is liable on conviction to 36 months imprisonment.
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