- INEC has expressed concerns over attacks on its facilities nationwide
- The electoral commission stated that the attacks are counterproductive to the electoral system
- The commission said the police have commenced an investigation over the raid on its facilities
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that its preparations for the 2023 general election may suffer a huge setback.
The electoral commission gave the warning in response to an attack on one of its offices in Essien Udim local government area, of Akwa Ibom state.
A spokesperson for INEC, Festus Okoye, in a statement via Facebook on Sunday, May 2, stated that the recent attack on its facilities, if unchecked, may affect future polls.
He disclosed that several election materials including ballot boxes and voting cubicles were destroyed in the latest attack
''The recent attack on our facility after we have just concluded the inventory of electoral materials nationwide in readiness for the 2023 General Election is worrisome. If unchecked, these attacks may constitute a setback on the Commission's preparations, including the ongoing conversion of Voting Points to Polling Units, the forthcoming Continuous Registration of Voters (CVR) exercise and the conduct of polls.''
The INEC official, however, assured Nigerians that the commission will do its best to ensure that preparations for all electoral activities go on smoothly.
In another news, the electoral commission has announced that the next general election will hold on February 18, 2023.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC'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.
He 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.
He said it was unfortunate that the electoral umpire was talking about the election when the country was at a crossroads.