Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Essien Udim Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, South-South, Nigeria has been set ablaze by unidentified hoodlums.
INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, confirmed the incident in a statement.
The statement read in part:
“Our security guard on duty escaped unhurt but the destruction to the building and properties therein was extensive.
“Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture.
“The police, which have also been battling with attacks on its facilities and personnel in the area, is aware of the incident and has commenced an investigation.
“If unchecked, these attacks may constitute a setback on the Commission’s preparations, including the ongoing conversion of Voting Points to Polling Units, the forthcoming Continuous Registration of Voters (CVR) exercise and the conduct of polls.
“Nevertheless, the Commission wishes to assure Nigerians that we will leave no stone unturned to recover from the incident in Akwa Ibom State as we continue to prepare for all electoral activities.”