The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini, has reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state has been set ablaze.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday 2nd May 2021.
This was contained in a press release signed by the national commissioner and chairman, information and Voters Education in Abuja.
According to the resident Electoral commissioner, “the security guard on duty escaped unhurt but the destruction to the building and properties therein was extensive. Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture”.
It will be recalled that on the eve of the 2019 General Election, the newly constructed prototype LGA office in Ibesikpo Asutan was also burnt down while two more offices in Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo LGAs were bombed.
Barrister Igini said that, the recent attack on the facility after the just concluded inventory of electoral materials nationwide in readiness for the 2023 General Election is worrisome. If unchecked, these attacks may constitute a setback on the Commission’s preparations, including the ongoing conversion of Voting Points to Polling Units, the forthcoming Continuous Registration of Voters (CVR) exercise and the conduct of polls.
He assured Nigerians that the Commission will leave no stone unturned to recover from the incident in Akwa Ibom State as it continue to prepare for all electoral activities.