The Resident Electoral Commissioncr (REC) for Anambra State, Dr. Queen Elizabeth Agwu, reported that our office in Idemili South Local Govermment Area (LGA) was attacked and set ablaze by unknown gunmen.
The incident occurred in the earły hours of today Tuesday 1st February 2023.
The building was substantially damaged.
All furniture and other items were destroyed, including non-sensitive materials recently delivered in readiness for the 2023 General Election.
Among the items lost to the inferno are 729 ballot boxes, 243 voting cubicles, 256 election bags, 11 megaphones, 1 electric power generator and large quantities of indelible ink and liquid gum.
However, uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) kept in the fireproof cabinet
were not affected by the inferno.
Similarly, no sensitive materials have been delivered to the LGA office.
The destruction appears to have been coordinated as the Nnobi Police Station in the LGA was similarly attacked.
Despite this despicable incident, the Commission wishes to reassure the people of Idemili South LGA that contingency arrangement will be mnade to replace the materials and the Presidential and National Assembly elections will procced on 25th February 2023 as scheduled, to be followed two wecks later by the State House of Assembly election.
Festus Okoye Esq
National Commissioner & Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee
Wedncsday 1st February 2023