Election observer group, YIAGA Africa says it is deploying 3,906 observers for the 2019 election.
The organisation says it will have mobile and stationary observers in every geopolitical zone and state as well is in every single one of Nigeria’s 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
Observers will also be deployed to the state collation centres in every state. This was revealed on Thursday, February 14 by the chairman, Watching the Vote (WTV) working group, Dr. Hussaini Abdu and executive director of YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo at a press briefing in Abuja.
Itodo said: “YIAGA Africa will conduct a parallel vote tabulation or PVT – the gold standard observation methodology that has been utilized throughout Africa and the world.
“This deployment will enable YIAGA Africa to provide the most timely and accurate information on the opening of polls; the conduct of accreditation and voting; and the counting, announcement and posting of results throughout the country.
“Based on reports from its observers in 1,515 sampled polling units, YIAGA Africa will also provide an independent projection of voter turnout and will be able to project the vote shares that each party should receive within a narrow range.
“If the official results fall within YIAGA Africa’s estimated ranges, then the public, political parties and candidates should have confidence in the ballots cast at the polling units.
Only INEC, however, has the legal mandate to announce the election results.”
On his part, Dr Abdu explained that, “YIAGA Africa’s Watching The Vote effort includes volunteers from all walks of life: women and men, youth and the elderly, persons with disability, northerners and southerners, Muslims and Christians.
“YIAGA Africa’s observers have all been carefully selected and extensively trained in accordance with strict criteria to ensure their independence and neutrality, are properly accredited with INEC and have signed a project Code of Conduct to uphold standards of impartiality, objectivity and professionalism.
“YIAGA Africa observes on behalf of all Nigerian people and speaks in their name on the basis of verified data.”
Continentour.com.ng gathered that YIAGA Africa PVT findings are from a statistical sample of polling units located in all 774 LGAs that is truly representative of the entire country and therefore provide unbiased information on the overall conduct of the presidential election and the accuracy of the results.
The organisation has been involved in election observation since 2007 and it is one of the leading organizations working on elections in Nigeria.
Similarly, another election observer, Connected Development (CODE) has launched a technological mapping tool that provides electoral and response organisations to monitor electoral incidences ahead of the 2019 general elections.
It also enable citizens have an easy to use tool to capture and report critical information during the polls. Named ‘Uzabe,’ it is a real-time (web-based map) situation technology that would capture election processes happening across the 36 states of Nigeria with about 5,000 observers deployed by CODE nationwide.
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