- All is now set for the rerun elections across 23 states and the FCT
- YIAGA AFRICA has deployed a total of 361 observers for the polls in the affected states
- The organisation is deploying 258 stationary observers, 6 roving observers and 97 results collation centre observers for the exercise
A Civil Society Organisation, YIAGA AFRICA, has deployed a total of 361 observers for Saturday, March 23 rerun elections in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the governorship elections will take place in Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states.
State Assembly elections will take place in Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Edo, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Lagos, Nassarawa, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto and Taraba.
There will also be FCT area council elections in Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada and Kuje.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, March 22, the chairman of YIAGA AFRICA board, Hussaini Abdu, said: “On March 23, 2019, YIAGA AFRICA will deploy duly trained and accredited stationary and roving observers to observe the conduct of the supplementary elections in the affected polling units and states.
“YIAGA AFRICA will deploy 258 stationary observers and 6 roving observers. 97 results collation centre observers will be deployed to the local government area and state results collation centre.
“Our observers will observe the entire election day process from setup of the polling units, accreditation, voting, announcement and posting of the official results and will send in periodic reports to the Watching the Vote National Data Centre located at Floor 01, Niger/Enugu Hall, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja where they will be processed and analyzed.
“This deployment will enable YIAGA AFRICA to provide the most timely and accurate information on the governorship rerun elections in the 5 states.”
He stated that YIAGA AFRICA is a strictly nonpartisan and independent civil society organization without affiliation to any political party, candidate or state agency.
According to him, YIAGA AFRICA’s Watching The Vote effort includes volunteers representing Nigeria’s diversity: women and men, youth and the elderly, persons with disability, Muslims and Christians from the six geographical zones.
He also said YIAGA AFRICA’s observers have all been carefully selected and extensively trained in accordance with strict criteria to ensure their independence and neutrality, adding that they are properly accredited with INEC and have signed a project Code of Conduct to uphold standards of impartiality, objectivity and professionalism.
“YIAGA AFRICA observes on behalf of all Nigerian people and speaks in their name on the basis of verified data,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian military has assured Nigerians that it would not truncate the country's nascent democracy, adding that it is fully subordinated to civil authority.
The military's assurance followed reactions arising from its conduct in the just concluded general elections and militarisation of some parts of the country.
At a press conference addressed jointly by spokespersons of the Defence Headquarters, Police, Army, Navy and Air Force in Abuja, the Defence spokesman, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the military would not truncate Nigeria’s fledgling democracy.
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