Fire Outbreak Won’t Stop Ondo Elections, INEC Roars

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite a fire outbreak at its Akure, Ondo State office yesterday, the state’s gubernatorial election will go ahead as planned.

Fire gutted the computer section of the office yesterday, destroying electoral materials, especially card readers reportedly over 5,000.

The Residents Electoral Commissioner in the state, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, while speaking with journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Alagbaka, Akure, on Friday, said the schedule of the election remained unchanged, and the election will hold on October 10.

He said, “Up till now, the actual cause of the fire is unknown but relevant security agencies have commenced investigation and you will be further briefed as events unfold.

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“Let me use this medium to allay the fears of the electorate, political parties and our stakeholders and the people of Ondo State that the fire incident will not affect the conduct of the forthcoming election in any form neither will it lead to the postponement of the election.

“Necessary arrangements have been put in place for the replacement of the damaged materials. Let me reiterate that our determination to conduct a free, fair, credible, and successful election remains undaunted. We shall not rest on our oars as an Election Management Body to always pursue the vision and mission of being an EMB that meets the aspirations of the Nigerian people.”

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