The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is yet to determine the number of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) destroyed as arsonists burnt down its office at Iboko, the headquarters of Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
A statement on the verified twitter handle of INEC signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, explained that all the movable and immovable materials inside the office were destroyed by the fire.
They included 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles and 14 electric generators as well as some water tanks.
“Some of the properties that the commission lost include 340 ballot boxes, 14 power generators, 130 voting cubicles, large water storage tanks, office furniture and a large number of voter cards which has not been ascertained at the time of the report,” Okoye stated.
According to the statement, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ebonyi State, Mrs. Ugochi Onyeka, reported that unidentified persons set ablaze the building by 10am on Sunday, emphasising that the incident was the third attack on INEC Office this month (November) after a similar incident occured in Ogun and Osun states.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU