The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that its data processing centre in Kano state has been gutted by fire.
The electoral body made the announcement via a statement by its spokesman, Festus Okoye, and seen by Legit.ng.
The statement was also posted on the Twitter page of the electoral commission on Monday, April 20.
Part of the statement read:
The fire started around 10:15 am and engulfed the said DPC before it was contained by the Federal Fire Service.
The staff made spirited efforts to bring the fire under control using fire extinguishers, but they were overwhelmed until the arrival of officers of the Federal Fire Service who subsequently quenched the fire.
The physical items burnt include industrial printers used for printing hard copies of the voter register, laserjet printers, dell and blade repositories containing soft copies of the voters’ register for the state, desktop computers, laptops for training, inverters, and other accessories and fittings.
In another statement on Monday, April 19, INEC announced the death of three of its staff members who were involved in a fatal road accident while on official duty in Borno state.
According to the statement, the sad news was broken by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Borno state, Mr. Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim on Sunday, April 18.
Magaji explained that an electoral officer and some assistant electoral officers who were traveling from some local government areas to Maiduguri for a special training ahead of the conversion of voting points into polling units were involved in the accident.
The statement reads in part:
“The supervising national commissioner for Borno, Adamawa and Taraba states, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu (rtd), will represent the commission at their funeral, while the injured staff members are receiving treatment in a specialist hospital in Maiduguri.”
Recall that INEC recently threatened to blacklist political parties unable to conduct peaceful congresses and primaries from receiving electoral materials for their future activities.
The electoral body said there will be far-reaching consequences for political parties that fail to conduct peaceful congresses henceforth.
INEC had earlier announced that the Continuous Voters Registration exercise will resume on Monday, June 28 across the country.
Speaking on Thursday, April 1, the electoral commission’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known while addressing pressmen during a media briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.