Fire incident: No 2015 materials were affected – Prof. Jega

Fire incident: No 2015 materials were affected – Prof. Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC), has allayed fears and quelled rumours over the last Saturday’s fire incident which occurred at the Commission’s central store located at the The Electoral Institute, Central Area, Abuja. Commenting on the incident yesterday, the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, assured Nigerians that no materials to be used for the

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The Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC), has allayed fears and quelled rumours over the last Saturday’s fire incident which occurred at the Commission’s central store located at the The Electoral Institute, Central Area, Abuja.

Commenting on the incident yesterday, the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, assured Nigerians that no materials to be used for the 2015 General elections were affected, rather only “some 2011 old stock of election materials, primarily hand bags for election officials and envelops were destroyed” in the fire incident that lasted for an hour before it was put out.

Professor Jega who explained that the unfortunate incident was caused by a spark in one of the distribution panels at the store when power was restored at around 11 p.m., maintained that: “no materials relating to the preparation of the 2015 general elections were affected in the fire incident. And that is why in order to minimize speculations, we ourselves on Sunday morning contacted the media and even organised a tour where we showed them the extent of the damage”.

The INEC Chairman further pointed out that it is practically impossible for INEC to cater for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who may have left the three troubled states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe or may have left the shores of the country due to non availability of resources and time.

He however assured of INEC’s commitment towards ensuring that IDPs who remain within the three states participate in the electoral process. He said: “we have placed priority on all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that are still remaining in these states. We have made arrangements and identified venues and in these venues we distributed PVCs and we are making arrangements for them to be able to vote in these locations.”

Source: INEC Bulletin

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