- INEC office in Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom state has been gutted by fire
- The cause of the inferno which started on Sunday morning, May 2, is yet to be ascertained
- Some electoral materials including ballot boxes, voting cubicles were destroyed in the incident
The local government office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akwa Ibom state has been set ablaze by unknown assailants.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Barr. Mike Igini confirmed the incident.
Legit.ng reports that the INEC said through a statement on its Twitter page that the fire broke out early hours of Sunday, May 2, at its office in Essien Udim LGA.
The statement indicated that the inferno, destroyed 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks, and office furniture.
It would be recalled that there have been various cases of fire outbreaks at the electoral commission's offices across the country.
He said the fire only affected the office of the director of the election and party monitoring in the building.
Meanwhile, about four weeks before the conduct of the Ondo state governorship election, the office of the INEC in Akure was in flames.
INEC in a statement revealed that the fire broke out on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at its head office in Akure.
The statement indicated that the inferno gutted the container housing Smart Card Readers.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that INEC announced that the next general election will hold on February 18, 2023.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the electoral commission's chairman, made this known while speaking at a public hearing on the ‘National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2021’ on Wednesday, April 28, in Abuja.
The INEC chairman noted that the timetable and schedule of activities for the election should be released after the Anambra governorship election scheduled to hold on November 6.