The Independent National Electoral Commission has said no fewer than 5000 card reader machines were destroyed after the fire that razed down its Akure office in Ondo State on Thursday.
The cause of the inferno was said to be unknown but the fire destroyed some items in the office.
The INEC Commissioner in charge of Information and Voters Education, Festus Okoye, who spoke with journalists at the scene of the incident, said the fire affected the Information and Communication Technology section of the commission, saying over 5100 card readers had been burnt in the inferno.
He explained that about 1000 card readers delivered to INEC from Osun State were also burnt in the fire while over 4000 card readers belonging to INEC in the state were also burnt.
He said the incident “will not affect the governorshp election”.