Ahead of the 2023 general elections!, about 729 ballot boxes, 243 voting cubicles, and 256 election bags are part of election materials destroyed in Idemili South LGA offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as gunmen carried out a coordinated attack on the area on Wednesday.
According to Dr. Queen Elizabeth Agwu, the Resident Commissioner (REC) for Anambra State, the shocking development to INEC headquarters, was contained in a statement released by Barrister Festus Okoye who said that the assailants attacked and set the office ablaze.
Other items destroyed in the early morning assault include 11 megaphones, 1 electric power generator, and large quantities of indelible ink and liquid gum. Fortunately, the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) stored in a fireproof cabinet were not affected by the fire.
According to Okoye, “the destruction appears to have been coordinated as the Nnobi Police Station in the LGA was similarly attacked”.
He assured that the despicable act will not stop INEC from conducting the general elections as he reassured the people of Idemili South LGA that contingency arrangements would be made to replace the materials and the Presidential and National Assembly elections would proceed on 25th February 2023 as scheduled, to be followed two weeks later by the State House of Assembly election.