The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that its office in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo state was set ablaze on Sunday May 30, 2021.
A statement on Sunday by National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye said Imo state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Professor Francis Ezeonu, reported the incident.
According to Okoye, “although no life was lost, the building was substantially burnt down, along with electoral materials, office equipment and furniture.”
He said the latest incident has been reported to the police for investigation.
The statement continued, “This attack is coming exactly a week after our office in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of the state was vandalised on Sunday 23rd May 2021. It is also the 8th INEC office to be attacked in Imo State since the 2019 General Election.
“The total number of INEC offices attacked nationwide since 2019 has now risen to 42.
“INEC buildings, infrastructure and equipment are critical national assets that guarantee the continuity of electoral activities throughout the federation.
“Attacking these offices is not in the national interest and has the capacity of compromising electoral activities and the credibility of the democratic process.”