Published February 12, 2019
Fire guts Anambra INEC office, card readers
Tony Okafor ,Awka
The Resident Electoral Commissioner , in Anambra State , Dr Nkwachukwu Orji , has expressed doubts over elections taking place in the state on Saturday .
Speaking with journalists at the Secretariat of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Awka , the Anambra State capital , Orji said ” I can ’ t tell you here now that elections will take place in the state on Saturday or not .
He said the commission would have to do an evaluation of the quantum of destruction done by the fire before coming out with a position on the situation.
He said the fire destroyed card readers meant for the Saturday elections in the state .
He debunked the story that the fire might have been caused by power surge.
“ We don ’t have any provision in the container for the plugging of electrical appliances, ” the REC stated .
PUNCH had reported that fire gutted container with card readers at the Secretariat of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Awka , around 2 .30 pm on Tuesday .
Security operatives , including the army and the police , thronged the Secretariat to assist in putting off the fire .