The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) said that it had not yet discovered the cause of the fire incident that razed two containers with 5,141 card readers in its office in Akure.
It reported that the incident would not have an impact on the conduct of the October 10 governorship election.
The electoral body promised that the election to the governorship will not be delayed.
Ondo Resident Electoral Commissioner Rufus Akeju said the fire had started after his workers had closed for the day.
Akeju said that the requisite arrangements had been placed in place to repair the burnt card readers.
He thanked the fire servicemen for preventing the infernal from spreading to other areas of the property.
The Ondo REC reported that the Commission has begun the distribution of non-sensitive materials as well as the start of specialized training for security officers to allow them to operate on Election Day.
On his side, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who vowed to help the body in any way that would not be perceived as political, said Ondo State expected October 10 to remain sacrosanct.
Akeredolu, who was at the INEC office to see the extent of the damage, said that repairing the card readers would be at a high cost to INEC.
The Agbaka of Alagbaka, Prince Afolabi Obasuyi, who was present at the fire incident, said that the fire would have been extinguished within thirty minutes if the fire servicemen were ready.
Prince Obasuyi called for more investment in the fire service to avoid huge calamity in the future.
“I was personally there. As the traditional head of the Alagbaka community, it is my commitment to the people of this community to see things are okay. I went there with my staff. To my dismay, nothing was done to quench the fire after two hours. Fire servicemen tried to put off the fire using buckets of water. I alerted the state government and the Airport Firefighters. I also called the firefighters at Ilesha.
“If it were in the Western world, it wouldn’t have been the same. The fire should have been quenched within 30 minutes. My advice is that every community should have its own fire station. Every institution should have a mini fire post. The state firefighters should be combat-ready. If we had good firemen, the fire should have been tackled. It was just a container.”