An election observer group, YIAGA Africa, on Wednesday said it would deploy at least 548 individuals to observe the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
It said the observers would be distributed in pairs to a representative random sample of 250 polling units in all the local government areas of the state.
Speaking during a media parley in Awka, the state capital, a Board Member of the group, Ezenwa Nwangwu noted that several findings of the group had led to progress and reforms in the county’s electoral system.
He said, “A total number of 548 #WatchingTheVote (WTV) Polling Unit Observers will be deployed to observe the accreditation, voting and counting processes of the election day.
“WTV observers will report on the opening of polling units, accreditation and voting, counting and the announcement/posting of results and 21 other observers will observe the result collation process at the local government and State Result Collation Centres.
“We had observed events of previous elections, including some of the party primary elections in the state. We’ll be taking records of the pre-election events and the main election with emphasis on party campaigns, discrimination and reporting early warning signs of electoral violence.
Emphasizing the need to galvanize the electorate to exercise their franchise amidst security atmosphere in the state, urged citizens to protect themselves from the conspiracy of insecurity being promoted to instill fear in the minds of voters.
Another board member, Prof Nnamdi Aduba, decried spate of low voters turn out for elections, especially in the last gubernatorial election, calling for increased voter education.
“Vote count in Anambra election is always very low because people are too docile on election matters in the state and that is why people should be informed on the consequences of not voting.
“Anambra people should know that the consequences of non participation in an election is that whatever government that emerges should be accepted in good faith,” he added.
In his presentation, Project Manager, Mr Paul James, said the group would deploy Watching The Vote (WTV) to 250 of the 5,720 polling units in the state to capture the true situation on the election day.
He said, “YIAGA Africa WatchingTheVote will be using an advanced election day observation methodology called Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) that leverages statistics and technology for the observation of the process of voting, counting and tallying of results.
“The use of the PVT will avail the body opportunity to present accurate and comprehensive assessment of the election day processes, including compliance of election officials to the guidelines for the poll conduct, presence of security agents, behaviour of party agents, secrecy and transparency of the counting process.”