INEC To Go On With Oct 10 Ondo Guber Election Despite Fire Outbreak

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will go on with the scheduled October 10 governorship election in Ondo State despite the fire outbreak that destroyed sensitive materials in the state office of the commission on Thursday.

VANTAGE NEWS reported that the Ondo State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was on Thursday gutted by fire, which destroyed Smart Card Readers meant to be used for the forthcoming election.

Speaking to journalists on Friday at the commissions headquarters in Alagbaka, Akure, the Residents Electoral Commissioner in the state, Rufus Akeju, said the election scheduled to hold October 10 will go on as planned.

He revealed that investigation by relevant security agencies to unravel the cause of the unfortunate incident has begun.

“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.

“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,” Akeju said.

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