The Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State has expressed shock over the fire incident which gutted the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office building in Quan Pan Council Area of the state calling on security agents to investigate the matter
The fire break which occurred at the week end was said to have destroyed unclaimed PVCs, Ballot boxes, generators filled with fuel, cubicles, newly printed electronic and manual voters register among other materials.
In a statement in Jos on Monday, the PDP said the party “finds it strange that such fire could have ignited in a building housing very important materials just as preparations for the national election are intensifying by the minute.
The statement which was signed by the Chairman of the party’s Media and Publicity Committee, Yiljap Abraham wondered “What would become of the fate of the owners of the PVCs when they show up at the INEC office on Monday, the last collection day?
The PDP said It is now left to the relevant experts to investigate and release their findings on the cause of the inferno while it demands that the findings be made public to address any concerns.
PDP also called on INEC to work out equal voting opportunity for those whose cards might have been destroyed in the fire.
The statement further appealled to the people of Qua’an Pan not to panic but to be resolute and alert as PDP Council works through the relevant committees and structures to ensure that they are not disenfranchised in any way.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will reprint and deliver Permanent Voters’ Cards that were destroyed in recent fire incidents at two of its Local Government Offices in Abia and Plateau respectively.
This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by Festus Okoye, a spokesperson for the commission.
INEC said it has notified the Acting Inspector General of Police of the emerging trend of the burning of the Local Government Offices of the Commission close to the conduct of the elections and at a period when the Commission is engaged in the massive movement of election related materials nationwide.
The Commission also noted that it has directed the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Plateau State to open a register for all those in the affected Local Government Area who approach the Commission to collect their PVCs within the specified period.
The electoral umpire further informed that the two fire incidents did not affect the Smart Card Readers that are presently being configured in the respective state offices of the Commission.