UPDATED: Uncertainty Over Polls in Anambra as Fire Destroys Card Readers

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Published February 12, 2019

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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 .

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