The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says an initial assessment of the fire outbreak at its Anambra office showed that 4,695 card readers were destroyed.
Festus Okoye, a national commissioner at INEC, said this in a statement on Tuesday night.
He said the commission had started mopping up spare card readers to make sure that elections go as planned in the state.
“This is the third of such incidents in the past 12 days, following closely behind those of Isiala Ngwa and Qua’an Pan Local Government offices in Abia and Plateau states respectively,”
the statement read.
“While the commission awaits the details of the latest incident, it notes with some relief that there was no fatality or injury reported. Initial assessment, however, confirms that a total of 4695 of the smart card readers were destroyed in the inferno.
Recall that Ifeknows.com reported recently that fire gutted election materials in Anambra, similar incidents have also happened in Abia state and Plateau state respectively.
It is obvious that more is needed to be done to safeguard inec offices and election materials Nationwide before, during and even after the elections to prevent hired hoodlums from undermining the credibility of these elections.