Mr Mike Igini, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom, on Friday mentioned that the burning of its Native Authorities Space Workplace within the state wouldn’t cease Saturday’s polls.
DAILY POST recollects that hoodlums on Friday set hearth on the INEC workplace in Ibesikpo/Asutan native authorities space of Akwa Ibom.
Reacting to the incident, Igini mentioned that the heinous act wouldn’t deter the fee from finishing up its duties, as a lot of the delicate supplies for the conduct of the elections had been nonetheless intact.
The REC, who went on on-the-spot evaluation of the incident, was quoted by the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) as saying: “there isn’t a going again on the March 9 elections in Akwa Ibom.
“Election will maintain as scheduled, regardless of the plot.”
Igini revealed that some Card Readers, electrical energy turbines, computer systems and different workplace gear had been burnt.
Narrating how the incident occurred, INEC Director of Public Affairs within the state, Mr Don Etukudoh, mentioned the hearth began at about 3:00 a.m on Friday.
In keeping with him, an explosive system was thrown into the constructing which ripped the roof open and substantial injury completed to the wall with a number of card readers burnt.
“From our findings, the place was attacked with explosives as a result of we observed big injury completed to the partitions and the roof utterly shattered.
“We have now been capable of order a number of playing cards readers from the neighbouring states and we’re presently configuring them in readiness for the elections,” he mentioned.
The Electoral Officer (EO) for Ibesikpo/Asutan, Mr Victor Inyang, mentioned that the polls would go on as deliberate as a result of no poll paper was destroyed by the hearth.
“They thought the election supplies had been saved within the retailer,” he added.
The incident, he reiterated, wouldn’t deter the conduct of the polls in all of the 177 polling items in Ibesikpo Asutan as different delicate and non-sensitive supplies apart from the cardboard readers weren’t affected by the inferno.
The fireplace was extinguished by males of the state hearth service.