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INEC office set ablaze, PVCs, ballot boxes destroyed in Ebonyi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says ballot boxes, voting cubicles and generators, were destroyed after an attack on its Izzi local government area office in Ebonyi.

Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner and chairman of the information and voter education committee, disclosed this in a statement.

Mr Okoye said the resident electoral commissioner in Ebonyi, Onyeka Pauline Ugochi, reported that the office was set ablaze on Sunday morning by unidentified persons.

The INEC official added that the incident occurred around 10:00 a.m.

“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),” stated Mr Okoye.

The INEC national commissioner further mentioned that the attack had been reported to the police and other security agencies.

“Sadly, this is the third attack on our LGA office in less than three weeks following similar attacks on our offices in Ogun and Osun on November 10,” Mr Okoye said.




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