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The Independent National Electoral Commission has disclosed that over 5000 card reader machines were obliterated in the fire that razed down its office in Akure, Ondo state’s capital on the evening of Thursday, September 10.

Speaking to journalists at the scene of the incident, INEC Commissioner in charge of Information and Voters Education, Festus Okoye said the Information and Communication Technology section of the commission was affected by the fire.

According to Okoye, 1000 card readers delivered to INEC from Osun State were burnt in the fire while over 4000 card readers belonging to INEC in the state were also burnt.

Conceding that the incident was a setback, but the INEC commissioner added that it will not affect the forthcoming governorship election.

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