Chairman of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Tuesday visited Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Whereas addressing newsmen on the scene of the burnt INEC workplace in Abeokuta South Native Authorities, Yakubu mentioned he was in Ogun to additional assess the extent of harm completed to the INEC facility.
He mentioned the go to was additionally to satisfy his employees within the place they’ve relocated to in Oke-Ilewo, to spice up their morale.
In his phrases, ”the INEC boss assured the individuals of Abeokuta South that none of them can be disenfranchised within the 2023 normal elections, despite the assault.
He mentioned the fee is placing efforts in prime gear to switch all of the supplies misplaced to the inferno.
“We misplaced 65,699 PVCs, and we need to guarantee all those who haven’t collected their PVCs who might have been affected that we’re planning to reprint the PVCs shortly and to deliver them again to Abeokuta South for individuals to gather and vote,” he mentioned.
The Professor pressured that the incident, horrible as it’s, wouldn’t deter the fee from conducting the 2023 elections, saying “the fee is decided to make the 2023 elections our greatest ever.”
“We won’t be deterred, we won’t be cowed by any act of arson by undemocratic and retrogressive components.”
He disclosed that the fee wants simply two days to reprint the affected 65,000 voters playing cards.
“Now we have to get the Voter Identification Numbers (VIN) for the playing cards that had been misplaced in order that we will shortly reprint them.”
He described as disappointing, the truth that 5 INEC places of work had been attacked nationwide within the final 4 months.
“However this can by no means deter us, we are going to ensure that we substitute burnt and destroyed tools and in addition reprint the PVCs and conduct elections,” he mentioned.
INEC Chair visits burnt workplace in Ogun, promise to reprint destroyed PVCs