Less than a month to the Ondo State Governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered the replacement of card readers burnt in its Akure office.
The commission said 6,000 smart card readers will be transferred from its Oyo State office for the conduct of the October 10 poll in Ondo.
It was reported how electricity surge set off a fire that burnt 5,141 smart cards readers. The ICT unit of the commission was also affected by the fire outbreak.
While some political parties suspected a foul play, INEC said the incident would not affect the election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that INEC’s spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said on Thursday in Akure that an order had been given for replacement from Oyo State.
He argued that purchasing new card readers will take another six months, hence, the need for replacement from a state where election is not holding.
There are 17 candidates contesting in the governorship election but there are only three major contenders.
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