The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will hold an emergency meeting with all Resident Electoral Commissioners across the states over attacks on its offices.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the INEC, Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye.
The statement says that all RECs would be summoned in Abuja on May 19. 2021
The Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State office of the commission was set ablaze by hoodlums on Sunday, a week after the Commission’s Headquarters in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, was also razed by unknown people.
INEC’s office in Enugu was also was not spared in a fire incident, while the cause of the inferno was not yet ascertained.
The commission had described the unfortunate situation as worrisome.
“Following the attack in Abia State, the commission resolved to convene an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security next week to discuss this disturbing trend. The latest destruction of the commission’s physical infrastructure and electoral facilities in Enugu State calls for an immediate review of the measures necessary to secure INEC’s assets across the states,” the statement partly read.
“Consequently, the Commission is convening an emergency meeting with all the Resident Electoral Commissioners on Wednesday, 19th May 2021, in Abuja.