Polls in 2023 won’t be impacted by attacks on our offices — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, told Nigerians yesterday that a string of attacks on its facilities in different regions of the nation would not in any way compromise the credibility of the general elections in 2023.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, provided the assurance during his on-the-spot evaluation of the commission’s office in the recently burned-down Abeokuta South Local Government Area.

Yakubu emphasized that all 65,699 PVCs lost in the fire disaster would be reprinted and distributed prior to the polls, assuring the residents of Abeokuta South local government that no one would be denied the right to vote during the upcoming elections.

He said: “The purpose of our visit to this office is to further access the extent of damage, to meet our staff, particularly in the place where they have relocated to in Oke-Ilewo, to boost their morale and to assure the people of Abeokuta South that despite this unfortunate incident, elections will hold in Abeokuta South in 2023.

“Whatever materials we have lost, the commission is making efforts to replace them. We lost 65,699 PVCs. We want to assure all those that have not collected their PVCs and may have been affected by the fire disaster that we are making plans to reprint the PVCs quickly and to bring them back to Abeokuta South for people to collect and vote.”

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