The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has replaced and reconfigured the 198 Smart Card Readers that were burnt on Friday in its office in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government, Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and chair, Information and Voter Education Commitee (IVEC), in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja said that in spite of the incident, polls in the state would proceed as scheduled.
He said that the commission witness a fire incident in his office which occurred in an early hours of Friday.
Mr Okoye said that several sensitive and non sensitive materials for Saturdays Governorship and State House of Assembly elections were destroyed including 198 Smart Card Readers, the printed Register of Voters, 13 generating sets as well as several voting Cubicles and office equipments were destroyed by the fire.
Fortunately, the ballot papers and result sheets for the elections were not in anyway affected by the fire.
The Commission has been able to replace and reconfigured all the destroyed Smart Card Readers and printed the Register of Voters due to acting on time.
He said with the replacement of and the savage of other items , we are pleased to announce that the election will proceed as scheduled.
All registered voters in the local Government should turn up to caste their votes between 8.am – 2pm.