Few days to the commencement of the 2019 general elections, a fire incident has been recorded at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, office in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The INEC Head of Media, Publicity and Voters Education, Mr. Osaretin Imahiyereobo, said in a statement issued in Jos Sunday that the incident occurred on Saturday night.
He stated that the inferno had caused a serious setback to the preparations of the general elections in the local government area.
“A drunken security man was said to have caused the fire outbreak. The office is completely burnt with all its contents – ballot boxes, generator sets – that have been serviced and filled with fuel, cubicles, newly printed electronic and manual voters’ register, uncollected permanent voter cards (PVCs), materials for the preparations of RAC and other materials yet to be identified,” he said.
The INEC official said the management team led by the Administrative Secretary, Gbadamasi Rasheed, had gone to the local government to assess the situation.
Newsworth recalls that this development is coming barely a week after fire gutted the INEC office at Umu-Ikaa in Isiala-Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State.
Residents of the area reportedly disclosed that the fire started in the middle of the night, but was noticed very early the following morning.
The inferno reportedly burnt thousands of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, belonging to eligible voters in the state.