Election Observer group, Yiaga Africa on Friday threatened to expose announced results of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra state that did not correspond with those of the polling units.
The group urged the public, political parties and candidates to have confidence in the official results of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that fall within within its estimated range.
Executive Director, Samson Itodo stated this in Awka in a pre-election press conference.
He said the body would consider series of issues, including shortcomings in the pre-election period, quality of election day processes, and the scale and scope of critical incidents in assessing whether the election satisfied the electoral integrity test.
He said, “If INEC’s official results fall within Yiaga Africa’s estimated range, then the public, political parties and candidates should have confidence that the official results reflect the ballots cast at polling units.
“However, if the announced results have been manipulated and do not match the polling units’ results, Yiaga Africa will expose it. The PVT is a component of Yiaga Africa’s comprehensive election observation methodology spanning the electoral cycle.
“Therefore, in assessing whether the 2021 Anambra governorship satisfies the electoral integrity test, Yiaga Africa will consider a range of issues such as shortcomings in the pre-election period, the quality of election day processes, and the scale and scope of critical incidents.”
While commending the electoral umpire for its commitment to a free and credible poll, Itodo urged it to release total figure of collected Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) ahead of election day in the spirit of transparency.
“We also urge INEC to ensure more consistent and harmonious coordination within the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) to ensure proper security of polling officials deployed in the Registration Area Centers ahead of the election day deployment.
“It should ensure proper coordination with the security agencies to forestall incidences of violence and ensure the safety of voters and poll officials on election day.
“It Should ensure proper and consistent communication with the transport union and companies providing logistics support for election day deployment.
“Yiaga Africa calls on security agencies deployed for the election to respect the rights of citizens, media, and observers, including the right to freedom of movement on election day for duly accredited observers and media practitioners.”