The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has replaced the card readers destroyed at the head office of the commission in Anambra state on Tuesday.
A container laden with card readers was burnt at the commission office in Awka, the state capital. Festus Okoye, a national commissioner of INEC, had said 4,635 card readers were destroyed in the inferno.
But the commission said it had replaced the burnt card readers in 14 local government areas and that it is “working hard” to replace the card readers in the remaining seven LGAs.
“After the fire incident in our office in Anambra State, replacement Card Readers for 14 LGAs have been configured and delivered,” it said in a tweet.
“Working hard on the remaining 7 LGAs – Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Idemili North, Idemili South, Aguata, Awka North and Oyi.”
UPDATE ON ANAMBRA FIRE INCIDENT— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) February 14, 2019
After the fire incident in our office in Anambra State, replacement Card Readers for 14 LGAs have been configured and delivered. Working hard on the remaining 7 LGAs - Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Idemili North, Idemili South, Aguata, Awka North and Oyi. pic.twitter.com/ioKw6HQLLR
The Anambra fire incident was the third in the last week and a half.
The local government offices housing INEC materials in Isiala Ngwa, Abia state and Qua’an, Plateau states also recorded fire outbreaks.
Regarding voting activities in Plateau, the commission tweeted: “Truck carrying ballot boxes and voting cubicles offloaded at Qu’an Pan LGA of Plateau State to replace those destroyed in the recent fire incident. Reprinting of voters’ register for all polling units completed. Office relocated to a new building.”
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