Fire will not stop elections in Plateau, Abia States – INEC

Fire will not stop elections in Plateau, Abia States – INEC

INEC has re-avowed that decisions would continue as booked regardless of the flame episodes that obliterated its workplaces in Qua'an Pan Local Government of Plateau and Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia.

The commission gave the affirmation in an announcement issued by Mr. Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee on Sunday in Abuja.

The commission additionally vowed it would print and made accessible, Permanent Voters' Cards (PVC), to enrolled voters whose cards were influenced by the flame in the two nearby government workplaces. The primary episode happened in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government office of the Commission in Abia State on Saturday, Feb. 2, while the second happened at the Qua'an Pan Local Government office of the Commission in Plateau State on Saturday, Feb. 9.

He recorded a portion of the things obliterated in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government incorporate 2979 Permanent Voters' Cards (PVCs) and different materials. "At the Qua'an Pan office, things wrecked incorporate 5987 uncollected Permanent Voters' Cards (PVCs), 380 Voting Cubicles, 755 polling stations, 14 generators, decision structures, and authority stamps."

Okoye said that in perspective of these improvements, the Commission has made the accompanying strides:

“The commission had directed the Resident Electoral Commissioner (RECs) for Plateau to open a register for all those in the affected Local Government Area who approach the Commission to collect their PVCs within the specified period.

“The Commission will print the PVCs and make them available for collection in good time before the elections.

“Reprinted and delivered the Permanent Voters’ Cards of the affected registered voters in Isiala Ngwa South in Abia State.”

INEC, he said has made arrangements for the relocation of the burnt offices that the temporary offices would be ready for the conduct of the February 16 and March 2, 2019 elections.

“The Commission will proceed as planned in the affected Local Government Areas and all the burnt materials will be replaced in good time and as such will not affect the conduct of the elections.”

Okoye said that the commission likewise asked for that extra safety efforts be given by the Nigerian Police Force to improve security around its workplaces and other basic structures of the Commission, following the two fire occurrence.

Okoye said that the Commission had informed the acting Inspector General of Police of the rising pattern of the consuming of its Local Government Offices near the direct of the decisions. The national chief said that the occurrences were going on at a period when the Commission was occupied with the huge development of decision-related materials across the country.

All significant security organizations have been asked for to capture and convey to equity, people or gatherings who assaulted the workplaces, he said. Okoye, be that as it may, said that the two flame episodes did not influence the Smart Card Readers that were by and by being designed in the particular state workplaces of the Commission.

Fire will not stop elections in Plateau, Abia States – INEC Fire will not stop elections in Plateau, Abia States – INEC Reviewed by Edozie Richard on Monday, February 11, 2019 Rating: 5

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