Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has reacted to the attack on its facilities at Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State by Unknown Gunmen on Wednesday.
According to INEC, the Presidential and Assembly Elections will still hold in Anambra state as scheduled. Adding, arrangements have been made for the replacement of the materials damaged or set ablaze by the Unknown Gunmen.
According to the Press Release issued by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the Unknown Gunmen set ablaze the INEC office early hours of Wednesday.
INEC said 729 ballot boxes, 243 voting
cubicles, 256 election bags were
destroyed during the attack.
Adding, uncollected PVCs were not affected by the inferno.
INEC insisted that despite the attack, 2023 General Election will hold as scheduled.
“The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Anambra State, Dr. Queen Elizabeth Agwu, reported that our office in Idemili South Local Government Area (LGA) was attacked and set ablaze by unknown gunmen.
“The incident occurred in the early hours
of today lst February 2023.
“The building was substantially damaged.
“All furniture and other items were destroyed, including non-sensitive materials recently delivered in readiness for the 2023 General Election.
“Among the items lost to the inferno are 729 ballot boxes, 243 voting cubicles, 256 election bags, 11 megaphones, 1 electric power generator and large quantities of indelible ink and liquid gum.
“However, uncollected Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) kept in the fireproof cabinet
were not affected by the inferno.
“Similarly, no sensitive materials have been delivered to the LGA office.
“The destruction appears to have been coordinated as the Nnobi Police Station in the LGA was similarly attacked.
“Despite this despicable incident, the Commission wishes to reassure the people of Idemili South LGA that contingency arrangement will be made to replace the
materials and the Presidential and National Assembly elections will proceed on 25th February 2023 as scheduled, to be followed two weeks later by the State House of Assembly election”, INEC said.