The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Akure Office, Ondo State has suffered a fire incident on Thursday evening, about 7:30 p.m. It was gathered that the inferno that started around 8 p.m. affected the ICT section of the commission and destroyed over 5,000 card readers. The INEC Commissioner in charge of Information and Voters Education, Festus Okoye, who is in Ondo State, confirmed the development. He 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.
The cause of the inferno was unknown as of the time of filing this report however Okoye said the incident will be investigated.
He added that though the incident was a setback "it will not affect the governorship election".
This is coming a month to the October 10 governorship election in the state when the commission was preparing for the conduct of the poll.