Ekiti 2022: 541 Trained Observers to Monitor Governorship Election Across 16 LGAs

Ekiti 2022: 541 Trained Observers to Monitor Governorship Election Across 16 LGAs

  • With barely a week left to the 2022 gubernatorial elections in Ekiti state, preparations are being intensified from different channels of the pre-election process
  • Yiaga Africa, an election observation group says it has trained 541 citizen observers billed to monitor the entire stages of the election in Ekiti
  • These observers are expected to be deployed to all the 16 local government areas of the state to monitor and observe the governorship polls

Ekiti, Ado - No fewer than 541 citizen observers have been confirmed by Yiaga Africa to monitor an observe the forthcoming gubernatorial polls in Ekiti, Legit.ng

According to a statement made available to Legit.ng on Sunday, June 12, Yiaga Africa said it deployed its cohort of 41 master trainers across 16 LGAs to train 541 citizen observers who will be deployed to observe and report the Saturday, June 18 gubernatorial polls in the state.

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Citizen observers in training session with one of the master trainer in Ekiti. Photo: Yiaga Africa
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Meanwhile, Yiaga Africa has urged citizen observers to imbibe the core value of integrity, accountability, and transparency during their responsibility as election observers ahead of the Ekiti State Governorship election.

Board member of Yiaga Africa’s Watching The Vote (WTV), Ezenwa Nwagwu made this known during his visit to various election day observation training centers across 16 Local Government Areas of the state.

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Stay true to integrity, accountability and transparency - Enzenwa to observers

However, while visiting some of the centers to provide moral support to the team, Ezenwa lauded the effort of the Trainers and the dedication of citizen observers.

He said while the citizen observers are ambassadors of Yiaga Africa because they represent the organization, their role as election observers are in a bid for them to contribute their own quota towards promoting credible election in Ekiti State.

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He said:

“When you get to the polling unit on election day, the core value of integrity is the principal thing, its number one”.

Ezenwa also noted that on election day observers may be tempted with financial inducement but warned that they must remain honest and ensure they protect their own integrity and that of Yiaga Africa.

According to him, citizen observers must be security conscious as their lives are valuable, saying “while your election observation reports are precious and important to promoting credible elections, you must be conscious of your polling units and remain safe”.

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In another development, Yiaga Africa calls on the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the CVR exercise by three weeks.

It also called for investigation of allegations of bribery and non-deployment of personnel in some Registration Centers.

Commends INEC for deploying additional 209 machines to Kano, Lagos, and five states in the Southeast.

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Ekiti 2022: INEC cannot afford to fail with deployment of technology, says Yiaga Africa

Meanwhile, Yiaga Africa has called on INEC to ensure effective deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) at the governorship polls in Ekiti state.

Yiaga Africa says the deployment of BVAS is particularly important because the new Electoral Act provides for the deployment of a technological device for the accreditation of voters.

Yiaga Africa said:

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is responsible for ensuring that the BVAS functions optimally in the Ekiti state election.

Source: Legit.ng

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