With less than a week to the February 16 presidential elections, another office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awka, Anambra state capital, has reportedly been torched by fire.
Sahara Reporters reports that the saddening fire incident, which occurred on Tuesday, February 12, at INEC office near Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, has led to destruction of electoral material marked for the February 16 election in the state.
Legit.ng notes that this would be the third times the offices of the electoral umpire would be subjected to inferno attacks following two previous incidents in Abia and Plateau states.
According to emerging report, sensitive items like card readers were razed down by the fire incident, leaving INEC in dilemma on the possibility of holding election in the state.
The cause of the fire has not been determined as officials of the fire service are still trying to put out the fire.
The commission has, however, called for improved security for the INEC offices across the country.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says election would hold as scheduled in Qua’an Pan local government area of Plateau and Isiala Ngwa South LGA of Abia, in spite of the fire disaster in its offices in the areas.
The commission gave the assurance in a statement issued by Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee on Monday, February 11, in Abuja.
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