Critical electoral documents were not destroyed in the attack on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Imo state on Monday, December 12, 2022, according to the commission.
The INEC made this known in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Card Education Committee Chairman, Festus Okoye hours after the attack.
The incident reportedly happened around 3 am on Monday.
Okoye also confirmed that no staff of the commission was killed in the incident, adding that the attack affected the part of the building occupied by the Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) Department.[ruby_related heading=”More Read” total=5 layout=1]
He also said one official utility vehicle (a Toyota Hilux pickup van) was burnt.
The commission said this is the third attack on the Commission’s facilities in Imo State in less than two weeks.
On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the INEC office in Orlu LGA was attacked. Three days later, the commission’s office in Oru West LGA was destroyed.
The INEC described the latest attack on its facility in Imo state as yet another systematic attack targeted at its assets across the country.
In a previous news, INEC criticizes Tinubu for his remarks on e-transmissions.
The commission expressed shock that the APC candidate could question the efficiency of the technology which had been used in several polls, including the off-season governorship elections in Ekiti, Osun, and Anambra states.
The former Lagos State governor had on Monday at the Chatham House in London, United Kingdom, said the electoral body had yet to assure Nigerians of the workability of the BVAS and e-transmission of poll results.
He spoke weeks after the APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and the National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Argungu, expressed concerns over the planned deployment of BVAS for next year’s general polls.
Speaking at Chatham House, Tinubu said,
“We are still building confidence in our democratic and voting system. INEC is yet to assure us (that) during this election that electronic transmission, the technology being used for accreditation and the total vote count, is reliable, dependable and assuring in our democratic process before we introduce a complicated element of ballot counting.”