Arsonists have set fire to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Igboeze North Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, stated this on Monday in Abuja.
Despite the best efforts of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed in Nsukka, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting booths, office furniture, and other equipment were destroyed during the attack, according to Okoye.
“The commission is working to determine the condition of voter registration machinery for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) stored in a fireproof cabinet,” Okoye stated.
He added that the event had been reported to the Nigerian Police for further investigation and action.
He expressed concern that the attack occurred in the midst of voter registration and other preparations for the 2023 General Election.
“It will be noted that on May 23, 2021, unknown gunmen invaded our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area in a similar fashion. This follows previous assaults on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13 May 2021 and the Enugu State Headquarters on 16 May 2021.
“Since these attacks, the commission has substantially recovered and resumed normal operations, including the CVR and collecting of PVCs.
Okoye stated that the commission will continue to collaborate with security agencies and emergency services to protect our premises.