The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that a countless number of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), over 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles, and 14 electric power generators, among other items, were burnt in the fire that gutted the Commission’s office in Izzi Local Government Area (LGA) Ebonyi State, early hours of Sunday.
Although no life was lost in the incident, which occurred at about 10.00am when some unidentified persons reportedly set the entire building ablaze, according INEC in a statement signed by National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the Commission lamented that it was the third attack “on our LGA offices in less than three weeks.”
“The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ebonyi State, Mrs. Onyeka Pauline Ugochi, reported that our Izzi LGA office located in Iboko, was set ablaze Sunday morning,” Okoye said in the statement titled ‘INEC office in Izzi LGA, Ebonyi State Set Ablaze’.
“The incident occurred around 10.00am when some unidentified persons set the entire building ablaze.”
According to the statement, the fire affected the main building where all the movable and immovable items inside were destroyed.
“These include 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles, 14 electric power generators, large water storage tanks, assorted office furniture and fixtures and yet to be determined quantities of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs),” Okoye further disclosed in the statement.
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies has been drawn to the incident and have commenced investigation.
“Sadly, this is the third attack on our Local Government office in less than three weeks following similar attacks on our offices in Ogun and Osun States on 10th November 2022.”