2023: INEC calls emergency security meeting following new attacks

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Independent National Electoral Commission INEC calls emergency security meeting following new attacks on offices in several parts of the country. convened.

INEC National Commissioner and Chair, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye said in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday.

“This morning the Commission received two disturbing reports of attacks on local government offices in Ogun and Osun states. reported that our office in the Abeokuta South Municipal Government Area was attacked and set on fire,” he said.

The incident occurred around 1:
pm when some unidentified individuals overpowered the guards on duty and set the entire building on fire, he said.

According to him, all movable property in the main building and the Commission’s office has been destroyed.

“This includes 904 ballot boxes, 29 voting booths, 30 megaphones, 57 ballot bags, 8 generators, and 65,699 unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).” He said.

Similarly, Dr. Mutiu Agboke, the resident electoral commissioner of Osun state, said his INEC office in the Ede southern province was attacked and set on fire.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday when some unidentified people attacked the building and set part of it on fire.

“Fortunately, the Ede Sued City Hall was only partially damaged and only some furniture was destroyed.

“With just 106 days until the 2023 General Election, these simultaneous attacks are very worrying as the Commission begins shipping materials to offices across the country. , the use of hateful and inflammatory language by some politicians is of great concern, with escalating attacks against supporters of various political parties since the campaign began almost two months ago.

“Therefore, the Commission will convene an emergency meeting of the Interagency Advisory Committee on Election Security (ICCES) tomorrow, Friday 11 November 2023, to discuss alarming trends,” he said. .

Samuel Alexander

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