The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the official figure of card readers that were destroyed by fire in Anambra State.
It says 4,695 card readers were destroyed specifically destroyed, Festus Okoye, National Commissioner at INEC, said this in a statement Tuesday night.
He INEC is making efforts to sure that elections go as planned in the state while electorates aren’t disenfranchised.
“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.
“While this is, no doubt, a setback to our preparations for the smooth conduct of the elections in Anambra state, the commission has taken immediate measures to ameliorate the situation, by mopping up some of the spare card readers from other states to deploy to Anambra state.
“With the steps so far taken, the commission remains confident that the election in the state will proceed as scheduled.”
A few days to the crucial election, INEC offices across the country has been targets of. Before the Anambra incidence, INEC Pleteau office had been set ablaze.
The election is less than three days away.