The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured that the fire which razed down the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akure, destroying about 5,141 smart card readers will not affect the Ondo State governorship election slated for October 10.
The Residents Electoral Commissioner in the state, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, while speaking with journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Alagbaka, Akure, on Friday, said the schedule of the election remained unchanged despite the ugly development.
Akeju explained that the cause of the fire incident was still unknown but assured that relevant agencies have commenced investigation to ascertain the actual cause of the inferno.
He said, “Up till now, the actual cause of the fire is unknown but relevant security agencies have commenced investigation and you will be further briefed as events unfold.
“Let me use this medium to allay the fears of the electorate, political parties and our stakeholders and the people of Ondo State that the fire incident will not affect the conduct of the forthcoming election in any form neither will it lead to the postponement of the election.
“Necessary arrangements have been put in place for the replacement of the damaged materials. Let me reiterate that our determination to conduct a free, fair, credible, and successful election remains undaunted.
“We shall not rest on our oars as an Election Management Body to always pursue the vision and mission of being an EMB that meets the aspirations of the Nigerian people.”