INEC office set ablaze in Akwa Ibom

The office of the INEC Independent National Election Commission, located in the Essien Udim local government office in Akwa Ibom, was set on fire.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Training Committee Festus Okoye confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Sunday.

On the early morning of Sunday, May 2, 2021, the office was set on fire by unknown individuals.

In a statement, he said: "Akwa Ibom State Permanent Election Commissioner. Barr. Mike Igini has confirmed that our office at LGA has burned down.

“The incident happened early Sunday morning. Our on-duty security guard was unharmed, but the demolition of the building and property was huge.

“The items destroyed include: 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting booths, megaphones, water bottles and office furniture.

"Police have launched an investigation. The attack on our building is horrific as we prepare for the 2023 election soon and complete an inventory of election materials across the country. 

The commission warned that if these attacks were not investigated, it could lead to a delay in the commission’s preparations for the 2023 general election.

"If these attacks are not investigated, they could be an obstacle to the commission's preparations, including the transformation of polling stations into polling stations, permanent voter registration (CVR) exercises and surveys," he added. 'made of pants.

The commission promised not to leave any stones after the incident in Akwa Ibom and to prepare for the election.

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