The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) expressed concern about the recent attacks on its office and facilities, saying that if the attacks aren’t checked will hinder future polls.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, revealed this in a statement in Abuja while confirming a fire attack on the INEC’s office in Essien Udim LGA, Akwa Ibom on Sunday, 2nd of May, 2021 which 345 ballot boxes and 135 voting cubicles were destroyed.
The commission described the attacks as worrisome, particularly with the ongoing conversion of voting points to polling units, voter registration, and the conduct of future elections.
“It will be recalled that on the eve of the 2019 General Election, our newly constructed prototype LGA office in Ibesikpo Asutan was burnt down while two more offices in Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo LGAs were bombed,
“The recent attack on our facility after we have just concluded the inventory of electoral materials nationwide in readiness for the 2023 general election is worrisome.
“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.”