The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disclosed that a total of 4,695 Smart Card readers were destroyed in the inferno at the Anambra State office on Tuesday.
This was disclosed in a statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq.
Okoye, noted that, while the incident is no doubt a setback to INEC’s preparations for the smooth conduct of the elections in Anambra State, the Commission has taken immediate measures to ameliorate the situation by mopping up some of the spare Card Readers from other States to deploy to Anambra State.
According to him, “While the Commission awaits the details of the latest incident, it notes with some relief that there was no fatality or injury reported.
“With the steps so far taken, the Commission remains confident that the election in the state will proceed as scheduled.
“We have in the meantime reported the incident to the Police and the Fire Service and investigations into the cause have commenced”, he remarked.
He commended the Fire Service for its response which prevented the spread of the fire and averted more damage.
This is the third of such incidents in the last two days, following closely behind those of lsiala Ngwa and Qua‘an Pan Local Government offices in Abia and Plateau States respectively.