August 11, 2022

Over 700 ballot boxes destroyed as hoodlums set INEC office ablaze in Enugu

The office Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State has been burnt down by suspected hoodlums. 

The office was set on fire on Sunday night, July 3 around 11.48pm.

Accirding to report, the state fire service in the community could not move in to save the situation for fear of further attacks until security was provided. 

Sources in the area told The Nation that by the time security was provided, the fire had completely razed down the building.

INEC confirmed the incident on Monday, in a statement signed by its national commissioner, information and voter education, Festus Okoye. 

“Although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture and equipment were destroyed in spite of the best effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka,” the statement reads.

“The Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet. The incident has been reported to the  Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.”

Over 700 ballot boxes destroyed as hoodlums set INEC office ablaze in Enugu

“The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other  preparations for 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen. This followed earlier attacks on Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021. The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the CVR and collection of PVCs.

“The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities.

Over 700 ballot boxes destroyed as hoodlums set INEC office ablaze in Enugu
Over 700 ballot boxes destroyed as hoodlums set INEC office ablaze in Enugu
Over 700 ballot boxes destroyed as hoodlums set INEC office ablaze in Enugu
Over 700 ballot boxes destroyed as hoodlums set INEC office ablaze in Enugu

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