- YIAGA AFRICA says it has verified the results of the just concluded election as announced by INEC
- The organisation says the result meets its range as it gives details of the verification process
- Hussaini Abdu, chairman of YIAGA AFRICA, mentions some of the challenges that affected the election
A civil society organisation, YIAGA AFRICA, which played active roles in the presidential and National Assembly elections, has verified the results of the process announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The organisation said that the result fell within its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) estimated range.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Hussaini Abdu, the chairman of YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote (WTV) as revealing this at a news conference on the group’s position on the 2019 presidential election results in Abuja on Wednesday, February 27.
According to Abdu, for the 2019 presidential election, YIAGA AFRICA’s WTV utilised the PVT methodology; the gold standard citizen observation methodology that uses statistics and ICT.
Abdu said that the group deployed 3,030 observer teams in pairs to a random statistical sample of 1,515 polling units located in every local government area (LGA) and states of the country.
He was reported as saying that the deployment to a statistical sample of polling units enabled YIAGA AFRICA to independently project the vote shares that each candidate should have received within a narrow range.
“YIAGA AFRICA’s findings show that for the presidential election the All Progressive Congress (APC) should receive between 50.0% and 55.8% of the vote.
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) should receive between 41.2% and 47.0% of the vote; these figures are consistent with the official results as just announced by INEC.
“For both APC and PDP the official results fall within the PVT estimated ranges,” he said adding that YIAGA AFRICA results statement was based on reports from 1,491 polling units which are 98.4 per cent of sampled polling units.
He further said YIAGA AFRICA’s projections were consistent with the officially announced vote shares for the other 71 parties who contested in the presidential election.
For him, the group’s projections were based on the results announced in the polling units and would have detected any significant manipulation occurring during collation at the ward, local government area, state and national levels.
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The organisation’s chairman said INEC’s official results for turnout and rejected ballots were also generally consistent with YIAGA AFRICA WTV estimates adding that the body estimated that turnout was 37.5% with a margin of error between 35.9% and 39.1% and INEC’s official turnout was 35.7%.
YIAGA AFRICA’s estimated rejected ballots, according to him, were 4.0% with a margin of error of between 3.4% and 4.6% while INEC’s official figure for rejected ballot was 4.5%.
Abdu, however said that the February 23, presidential election was characterised by similar shortcomings that marred previous national elections in Nigeria which include widespread late opening of polling units and malfeasance by political parties compromised the ability of citizens to vote.
Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC officially declared President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the 2019 presidential election, defeating Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with over three million votes.
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