Fire has burnt a container housing Smart Card Readers at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akure, Ondo State, leaving thousands of card readers damaged.

This development was disclosed on Twitter Thursday night by the electoral body.

After the fire outbreak, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner made comments at the scene of the incident

So far, over 5000 card readers have been destroyed in the inferno as the cause of the outbreak unknown.

As at the time the incident occurred, 08:45pm, men of the fire service were yet to arrive at the scene.

On the distance of the fire station, the Ondo State fire service is less than 500 meters from the commission, while the commission is situated in Alagbaka area of Akure, the state capital.

Governorship election in the state had been scheduled for October 10, 2020.