INEC office in blaze again

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Barely four days to the Presidential and National Assembly elections, two containers housing Smart Card Readers were on Tuesday gutted by fire at INEC headquarters in Awka, Anambra.

The incident comes two days after the INEC office in Plateau State was destroyed by fire. Other facilities of the commission, including in Abia, have also been damaged by fire weeks before the general election.

Combined personnel of the Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Department of State Security (DSS) were on ground to ensure safety.

Confirming the fire, Nkwachukwu Orji, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, said he was yet to ascertain the extent of the damage.

Mr Orji said the sensitive materials affected were smart card readers meant for the general elections.

“I don’t have the details of how the fire started; all I know is that there was a fire incident involving the containers that house some of our sensitive materials.

“We have to do an assessment before we can ascertain the extent of damage, we have been storing equipment in that facility since 2011,” he said.

The incident is the second in the South-east as INEC office in Isiala Ngwa, Abia was penultimate week set ablazed by unidentified persons.

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