The Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday confirmed the capsizing of boat conveying its ad-hoc staff and electoral materials to riverine areas of Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State but said there was no casualty.
INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Nick Dazang, confirmed the incident in a message sent to journalists in Abuja.
He said, “INEC can confirm that there was an incident last night during the movement of personnel and materials to the riverine Registration Areas of Ilaje LGA of Ondo State for today’s governorship election.
“Fortunately, all personnel and election materials were rescued when the boat capsized.
This was made possible by the officers and personnel of the Nigeria Navy who escorted the boats.
“The movement was eventually concluded and voting commenced as planned in all the polling units today.
“INEC commends the resilience and professionalism of the Nigerian Navy as well as those of all other personnel involved in the exercise.”
The wooden boat reportedly carrying no fewer than 15 persons was said to have capsized owing to overloading, with personnel and some election materials, apart from strong wave and current.
Some of the ad-hoc staff were reportedly seen in videos of the incident swimming to safety.
Local divers nearby were so said to made efforts to rescue the victims.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, however, said that the commission got a report that there was no casualty as all the victims were rescued.
“I am told all our ad-hoc staff were safely evacuated.”