INEC laments fresh attack on its office in Imo State

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lamented a fresh attack on its office in Imo State.

This was made known in a statement issued on Wednesday by the commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, noting that the attack which was carried out on Tuesday left eight windows smashed and burglary proofs removed.

The Nigerian News reports that this is the fourth attack on INEC facilities in the state in less than three weeks following previous attacks on Orlu and Oru West Local Government Areas and the state headquarters in Owerri.

The Commission, however, noted that ballot boxes and voting cubicles have been evacuated to another INEC facility for safekeeping, adding that the uncollected Permanent Voter Cards have been secured as well.

According to the statement, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Imo State, Prof Sylvia Agu, has reported that our office in Isu Local Government Area office was attacked and vandalised. The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, December 20, 2022.”

“Eight windows were smashed, and burglary proofs removed. Fortunately, the attackers could not access the building. Movable and immovable equipment as well as other materials were not removed or vandalised.”

“However, as a precautionary measure, critical materials such as ballot boxes and voting cubicles have been evacuated to another INEC facility for safekeeping. Similarly, all uncollected PVCs have been secured while security will be deployed to ensure the continuous collection of the cards by registered voters in the same premises.”

“The incident has been reported to the Police and other security agencies for necessary action.”