- The Plateau chapter of the PDP has called for investigation into the fire outbreak at INEC’s office building in the Quan Pan council area of the state
- Unclaimed PVCs, ballot boxes, generators filled with fuel, cubicles, newly printed electronic and manual voters registers were destroyed in the fire
- The PDP also implored the electoral commission to deploy the greatest speed in restoring what was lost and securing what is to be replaced on time
The Plateau state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over the fire outbreak at the office building of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Quan Pan council area of the state, calling for the matter to be investigated by security agents.
The chapter expressed the sentiment in a statement which was signed by its chairman, media and publicity committee, Yiljap Abraham, and released on Monday, February 11, Punch reports.
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Legit.ng notes that unclaimed PVCs, ballot boxes, generators filled with fuel, cubicles, newly printed electronic and manual voters register among other materials were destroyed during the fire outbreak.
In the statement, Abraham wondered: “What then becomes of the fate of the owners of the PVCs when they show up at the INEC office on Monday (February 11), the last collection day?”
He said: “It is now left to the relevant experts to investigate and release their findings on the cause of the inferno. The council demands that the findings be made public to address any concerns.
“The PDP State Campaign Council is also concerned about the over seven thousand unclaimed PVCs (as at last Friday) that were lost in the fire.
“INEC must work out equal voting opportunity for those whose cards might have been destroyed in the fire.
“The council calls on INEC and the security services to put all necessary measures in place to improve the overall security of every INEC office across the state.
“The council calls on its members and supporters to cooperate with INEC and security personnel to ensure the safety and sanctity of materials, personnel and buildings.”
The PDP also implored the electoral commission to deploy “the greatest speed in restoring what was lost and securing what is to be replaced in time enough for the election ahead.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that comprehensive, round-the-clock security in all offices and facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission was ordered by the acting inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu.
The development was made public in a statement released by the police spokesman, Frank Mba, on Sunday, February 10.
Mba stated that all commissioners of police in the 36 states and the FCT have been directed to put in place adequate, functional and purposeful security arrangements aimed at protecting all INEC offices and materials from all forms of crimes and mischief before, during and after the elections.
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