Kogi 2019 Guber Election:YIAGA Africa to Deploy 527 Polling Units ,Collation Centres Observers. ||Anyigbaleft


Ahead of November 16th, governorship election in Kogi State,  YIAGA Africa , non governmental  organization promoting democratic governance , human rights and youth civil participation has pledged to deploy no fewer than 500 observers to monitor election in random 250 polling units in the state.

The Project Manager YIAGA Africa, Mbamalu Cynthia who disclosed this while speaking in an interactive session with media practitioners in at Riverton Hotels in Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital yesterday.

Mbamalu explained that YIAGA Africa will be participating in monitoring Kogi Governorship election on November 16th, stressing that the Organization is will not be only reference point ,but also want monitors  all the electoral process in the State.

The Project Manager explained that the NGO had already commenced participation by monitoring the pre election period  processes ,noting that YIAGA monitored primaries of four political parties namely APC,PDP , SPD and ADC in Kogi State.

She pointed out that Kogi State has a total of 2,548 polling units ,adding that only 250 polling units would randomly monitored primaries with 500 Watch The Vote polling units observers deployed .

Mbamalu added that another 27 mobile roving  observers will be deployed to 21 Local government collation centres , saying they will use their mobile phones to send coded SMS messages of reports to YIAGA Africa ‘s WTV data center situated in Lokoja.

“Each observer will receive a structured observation checklist and a tally sheet  to ensure uniformity in observation processes. WTO observers will report on opening of polling units, accreditation and voting , counting and the announcement /posting of results”, she stated.

She added that using Parallel Voting Techologies , YIAGA Africa is able to provide independent information to voters, candidates, political parties ,INEC and election stakeholders on whether the official for the presidential election truly reflect the ballot cast at polling units.

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