JUST IN {Ondo election}: We'll conduct poll despite card readers destroyed by fire - INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has reiterated its plan to conduct a credible poll in the Ondo gubernatorial election slated for October 10 amid the massive fire outbreak that destroyed its smart card readers on Thursday, 11 September 2020.

In a statement, obtained by newsmen, the INEC commissioner stated: “This is just one state election. What we are going to do is to mop up smart card readers from other states and use them for the conduct of the election while investigating what happened.

“The cost of 5,141 smart card readers is so much, but we are not going to dwell on that now. What we are going to dwell on is to mop up smart card readers from other states that are not conducting elections and use them to conduct Ondo governorship election."

Earlier, Vanguard reported that less than four weeks to the conduct of the Ondo state governorship election, the office of INEC in Akure was on fire.

INEC confirmed through a statement on its Twitter page that the fire broke out on the evening of Thursday, September 10, at its Ondo state head office in Akure.

The statement indicated that the inferno, which gutted the container housing Smart Card Readers, started around 8pm on Thursday, September 10, adding that men of the Fire Service were containing the fire.

Okoye, who is in the state in connection with preparations for the governorship election scheduled for October 10, rushed to the office at the period the incident occurred.

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