Election 2019: There will be no run-off for presidential polls - YIAGA Africa projects

Election 2019: There will be no run-off for presidential polls - YIAGA Africa projects

Observer group, YIAGA Africa, has projected that there would be no run-off when the final results of the presidential election is announced.

The group made the projection during a press briefing on Monday, February 25 addressed by the chairman of its Watching The Vote Working Group, Dr. Hussaini Abdu.

Dr Abdu said its projection is based on what the group received and processed its data from the sampled polling units.

His words: “YIAGA Africa’s preliminary estimates indicate that turnout for the February 23 presidential elections will be between 36% and 40% based on official turnout figures collected from the PVT’s representative statistical sample of polling units across the 774 LGAs in the country.

“If INEC’s official turnout falls within WTV’s estimated range then it accurately reflects the ballots cast at polling units.

“Although YIAGA Africa currently has a stable estimated range for the election outcome, it is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that has the mandate to announce results.

“However, based on currently received observer reports, there will be no run-off for the presidential elections because a clear winner will emerge. YIAGA AFRICA’s PVT shows that no candidate will receive more than 55% of the vote share.”

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YIAGA Africa had earlier deployed 3,906 observers throughout the country including 3,030 Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) observers who deployed in pairs to a random, representative statistical sample of 1,515 polling units where they remained throughout the day.

With this methodology, YIAGA Africa says it is able independently verify the accuracy of the official presidential election results announced by INEC.

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