The Independent National Electoral commission(INEC) says the Thursday night fire outbreak at it’s Akure state head quarters will not affect the October 10 Governorship election schedule in Ondo state.
However, the Commission also said no fewer than 5000 card reader machines were destroyed in the fire.
The cause of the fire outbreak, according to a top official in the INEC office, who spoke with Newsmen and pleaded anonymity, was an electric spark within the container housing the card readers.
It was gathered that men of the state police command and some INEC officials were present at the scene as security men prevented human and vehicle movement around the premises.
The INEC Commissioner in charge of Information and Voters Education, Festus Okoye, who spoke with journalists at the scene of the incident disclosed that the fire affected the Information and Communication Technology section of the commission, saying over 5100 card readers had been burnt in the inferno.
He explained that about 1000 card readers delivered to INEC from Osun State were also burnt in the fire while over 4000 card readers belonging to INEC in the state were also burnt.
He said though the incident was a set back but “it will not affect the governorshp election”.
This development is coming up 30 days to the October 10 governorship election in the state.