Civil Society Organisation, YIAGA AFRICA has conducted an extensive reflection sessions with its state focal points in charge of election observation deployment in various states in Nigeria to assess the quality of its deployment for the 2019 elections.
YIAGA AFRICA had through its Watching The Vote (WTV) project deployed 3906 observers across all local government areas in Nigeria for the 2019 presidential elections using the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology.
The election observer group is now taking steps to assess the process in a bid to improve on it ahead of the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections coming up in November 2019.
Before the elections, YIAGA AFRICA built a structure of 48 State Focal Points (SFPs) across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with states like Kano, Lagos, Rivers, Anambra, Borno, Katsina and Kaduna state having more than one SFP due to its geography and population.
WTV recruited SFPs were in charge of project in the state as they recruited supervisors in every locl government area in Nigeria while also representing the project in election observation related activities in their states.
The local government supervisors on the other hand recruited polling unit observers from sampled polling units with the support and coordination of the SFPs in the state.
The PVT deployment for the 2019 general elections also improved gender mainstreaming and women participation in the electoral process as SFPs revealed that in most cases over 40percent of polling unit and roving observers are female.
Another major success recorded during the 2019 elections is that despite the threat to violence in some areas, WTV observers successfully deployed to sampled polling units without major hitches.
Also the project built on its credibility as election stakeholders, like electoral commission, Nigerian Police other security agencies, traditional and religious leaders and other election stakeholders further reaffirmed their confidence in the WTV election observation project.
YIAGA AFRICA deployed a total of 361 observers for Saturday, March 23 rerun elections in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The rerun governorship elections took place in Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states., while the state assembly elections took place in Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Edo, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Lagos, Nassarawa, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto and Taraba.
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