Yiaga Africa discloses deployment of 822 observers for forthcoming election

With only a few weeks until the 2023 general elections, Yiaga Africa announced on the weekend that it would be deploying 822 observers across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, for effective observational activities before, during, and after the elections.

This was revealed by Yiaga Africa’s Executive Director, Samson Itodo, at the Yiaga Africa Watching The Vote, WTV, Media Roundtable on the 2023 Presidential Election and PVT Deployment in Abuja.

Itodo stated that the purpose of the round table was for Yiaga Africa to unveil its plans ahead of the elections under its ‘Yiaga Africa’s Election Observation Deployment Plan for 2023 Elections,’ which will also include media coverage of the elections.

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He commended the media remains a very key partner in Yiaga Africa’s activities for its 16 years of existence in Civil Society space in Nigeria and other African countries.

He said: “#WatchingTheVote involves comprehensive observation of the 2023 Presidential Election including systematic observation of voting and counting at a representative random sample of polling using the PVT methodology and employing Information and Communication Technologies, ICTs, to rapidly transmit observer reports.

“This initiative also involves a comprehensive observation of the pre-election period (beginning with voter registration), tracking early warning signs, activities of INEC, political parties (candidates nominations and rallies) and other election stakeholders, using advanced observation methodologies, Yiaga Africa’s observation the pre-election period environment involves the deployment of 822 Long Term Observers across all the 774 Local Government Areas, LGAs, in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to track and report on activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, National Orientation Agency, NOA, political parties, security agencies and the involvement of women, youth, and Persons With Disabilities, PWDs, in the electoral process as well as treating and reporting early warning signs for electoral violence.”

 

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