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INEC office in Ondo on fire, over 5000 smart card readers destroyed

NEWSMAN, Abuja – The Independent National Electoral Commission has confirmed an ongoing fire outbreak in its office in Ondo State which has destroyed over five thousand smart card readers.

INEC National Commissioner on Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye while speaking on national television a few moments ago confirmed that a container housing the smart card readers was gutted by massive fire with little or no chance of retrieving the cards and other equipment.

Okoye says the voters for the forthcoming Ondo governorship polls register was also being photocopied by INEC staff when the fire outbreak occurred and that fire fighters are currently battling to put out the inferno.

The INEC spokesman says the fire outbreak will not affect the conduct of elections as it would mobilise smart card readers from neighbouring states to beef up its operations in Ondo State.

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