Yiaga Africa has said its Watching The Vote (WTV) scheme will expose any form of electoral malpractices that may occur during the Ekiti State Gubernatorial elections.
The group which is also one of the observers in the election disclosed that it will deploy 500 stationary election observers to 250 polling units and 25 mobile election observers to all the 16 LGAs across Ekiti state.
Executive Director of Yiaga Africa, Samson Itodo, disclosed this while addressing a press conference in Ekiti, ahead of the elections.
While commending efforts put in place by the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure credible elections, the body, however, stated that with its Parallel Vote Tabulation Methodology, it will expose malpractices peradventure there are significant discrepancies between figures collated by its 500 stationary observers and the official figures released by the electoral body.
“If INEC’s official results fall within Yiaga Africa’s estimated range, then the public, political parties, and candidates should have confidence that the official results reflect the ballots cast at polling units; however, if the announced results have been manipulated and do not match the polling units’ results, Yiaga Africa will expose it.”
Yiaga Africa further appealed to both the permanent and ad hoc staff of INEC, security agents, political party candidates, and their supporters as well as the people of Ekiti to work together to ensure that the governorship election is credible and peaceful.