- INEC said the card readers burnt in the Akure inferno would not affect the conduct of the Ondo election
- The electoral umpire said it has ordered the replacement of burnt card readers with 6,000 from Oyo state
- Festus Okoye, the INEC’s spokesperson, said getting new card readers would take about six months and the election is less than a month away
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Following the fire that destroyed over 5,000 card readers at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akure, the commission has ordered the replacement ahead of the forthcoming election in Ondo state.
Premium Times reports that the commission said 6,000 smart card readers would be transferred from its Oyo state office for the conduct of the October 10 poll in Ondo.
Legit.ng had reported how an electricity surge set off a fire that burnt 5,141 smart card readers as the ICT unit of the commission was also affected by the fire outbreak.
The INEC’s spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said on Thursday, September 17, in Akure that an order had been given for replacement from Oyo state.
He said: “As at today, we have given an order that all the smart card readers in Oyo state office should be moved to Ondo. They have over 6,000 smart card readers in Oyo and so we are not going to have any problems reconfiguring them and using them for the elections."
Okoye said that purchasing new card readers would take another six months, hence, the need for replacement from a state where the election is not holding.
“We have recovered quickly and we are proceeding with the Ondo State election, nothing will stop the conduct of that election,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that fire gutted the office of the INEC in Akure, the Ondo state capital. It was gathered that the INEC said the fire broke out on the evening of Thursday, September 10.
In another report, ZLP candidate and the state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, said his alleged alliance with the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, was a figment of the imagination of those making the claim.
He added that those who reported the claim in the media were paid disinformation agents of the state government.
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