Emerging reports show that the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Awka, the Anambra State capital is currently burning making it the second fire incident in less than a week involving buildings of the electoral body.
The report show that the raging inferno, which begun at about 2:10 pm, damaged the building and the property inside the building while the staff of the commission and other sympathizers helplessly watched.
The fire allegedly started from a container bearing election materials, which include card readers, dispatched to the centre earlier.
There were no comments from the Anambra INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji as his phone was unreachable.
But the head of Public Relations Unit and voter education of the commission, Leo Nkedife confirmed the fire incidence, saying that he has also been told so. On the cause of the fire, Nkedife remained mum, insisting that he cannot speak on that for now and instead said, “I am not in the office, but I have been called and told of the fire, and the story is that part of the office that got burnt is containing smartcard readers.”
An anonymous eyewitness said the fire began while the staff were out of the office due to a stakeholders meeting, which held at Women Development centre, Awka and that the REC left the event hurriedly after he received message of the fire incident. The eyewitness went on to say the event which had media, traditional rulers, leaders of political parties ended abruptly because of the news of the fire.
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