- A mysterious fire damaged INEC's office at Kauran Namoda local government area of Zamfara state
- The fire, according to the INEC's resident commissioner in the state, Professor Sa’idu Babura Ahmed, seriously destroyed furniture in the building
- However, Professor Ahmed no life was lost and that sensitive materials like PVCs were not damaged
The horrible incident was reported on Tuesday, May 3, in a press release from Professor Sa’idu Babura Ahmed, the state resident electoral commissioner.
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Professor Ahmed in his statement disclosed added to the fact that no life was lost in the inferno, sensitive materials like Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise stored in fireproof cabinets were saved from being damaged, TVC News reports.
However, the flames did immense damage to the building as well as furniture pieces in it, despite the effort of the state fire service to contain the fire.
The commissioner also noted that the police command in the state has been alerted to the incident to begin an investigation into what led to the fire outbreak.
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Meanwhile, ahead of the primaries of political parties scheduled to end on June 3, the INEC said it would authenticate the membership registers submitted to it by the parties.
It, however, warned that any political party that falsified its figures or had multiple registrations on its register may have its candidate(s) disqualified.
The national electoral agency said whether the parties choose to adopt direct or indirect primaries, the commission would verify their delegates’ lists against the registers they submitted, adding that no infraction would be tolerated from the 18 registered political parties.
Section 77 of the Electoral Act, 2022 mandates all political parties to maintain membership registers and submit the same to the commission not later than 30 days before their respective primaries.