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Group to fight election rigging in Anambra using PVT

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A civil society organisation, Yiaga Africa has stated it might deploy Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) to observe the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State, to battle rigging.

The pinnacle of the elections program for Yiaga Africa, Mr Paul James disclosed this in Awka, Anambra State capital through the Yiaga Africa’s Watching the Vote (WTV) media roundtable with journalists on the forthcoming governorship election.

He stated there could be a complete remark of the electoral course of which incorporates the remark of the pre-election interval atmosphere.

“For the Election Day remark, Yiaga Africa’s Watching the Vote shall be utilizing a complicated election day remark methodology known as the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT).

“The PVT is an election day remark methodology that leverages statistics and expertise for the remark of the method of voting and counting and tallying of outcomes.

“We’re deploying 500 observers to 250 polling items within the state. Every polling unit can have two observers on the election day. With the outcomes assembled from the sampled polling items, a citizen observer group can launch projected estimates and confirm the accuracy of outcomes declared by the election administration physique.”

Utilizing this technique, observer experiences are despatched by way of SMS to a central database which allows WTV analyse and share well timed findings on the conduct of the election in close to real-time, James defined.

“The PVT permits Yiaga Africa’s WTV to current an correct and complete evaluation of the election day processes, equivalent to whether or not election officers comply to the rules for the conduct of elections, the presence of safety brokers, the presence and behavior of get together brokers, the secrecy of the poll and transparency of the counting course of.

“It’s the solely remark methodology that may independently confirm the accuracy of election day end result as launched by the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) which is the physique legally mandated to take action.”

He stated a complete of 548 observers shall be working for the organisation on the Anambra election day, and that regardless that the group doesn’t announce election outcomes as it’s unique of the INEC to take action, it may possibly increase alarm the place the end result introduced by INEC fails to align with its personal.

Earlier, a member of the board of Yiaga Africa, Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu stated the group previous to the election would arrange a scenario room, the place knowledge could be collated and analysed.

He urged journalists and political teams within the state wishing to get well timed details about occasions in numerous components of the state to at all times contact the group.

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