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INEC office in Ebonyi State set ablaze; 340 ballot boxes, other items burnt  

The burnt INEC office

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that one of its offices in Ebonyi State has been set ablaze by as yet unidentified arsonists.

A statement yesterday, Sunday, November 27, 2022, by Festus Okoye Esq., National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said that the incident occurred around 10.00 am and that though no lives were lost, ” the main building and all the movable and immovable items inside it were destroyed,” including 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles, 14 electric power generators and large water storage tanks.

Full text of the statement reads:

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ebonyi State, Mrs Onyeka Pauline Ugochi, reported that our Izzi Local Government Area office located in Iboko, was set ablaze this morning.

The incident occurred around 10.00am when some unidentified persons set the entire building ablaze.

Although no casualties resulted from the attack, the main building and all the movable and immovable items inside it 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).

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.

Festus Okoye Esq.
National Commissioner & Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee
Sunday 27th November 2022

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