The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Igboeze North Local Government Area office in Enugu State has been set ablaze by hoodlum, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC,Festus Okoye, disclosed in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
He said, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, informed the INEC headquarters that during the attack, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture and other equipment were destroyed in spite of the best effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
“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,” Okoye said.
Okoye said it is worrisome that the attack happened in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for 2023 General Election.
He said, “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.”