- A data-based election observation center in Awka, Anambra state is changing the face of election monitoring in Nigeria
- The center is operated by a youth-based organisation, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA)
- It is an open data driven technology tool tagged #WatchingTheVote, deployed to ensure citizens votes and voices counts in the Anambra governorship election
A youth-based organisation, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), is changing the face of election monitoring in Nigeria.
YIAGA is operating a data based election observation center in Awka, Anambra state tagged #WatchingTheVote as the state holds its governorship election on Saturday, November 18.
The center is situated at the popular Finotel hotel in the state capital and it is open to members of the public.
NAIJ.com paid a visit to the center to observe the data collation processes that the YIAGA team coordinates with contributions from their field officers on ground.
#WatchingTheVote is an open data driven technology tool deployed to ensure citizens votes and voices counts in the Anambra governorship election.
Board chairman YIAGA, Professor Hussaini Abdu told NAIJ.com that they deployed hundreds of observers and a couple of other roving observers to monitor the election.
“Some of us just came back from the field and we observed a couple of things. I think generally, one major thing (about the election) is that there was a late start in most of the polling units.
“As at 7:30am when the voting was supposed to have started, we only got about 28% of the polling unit open. As at 10:30, there was just about 51% of the polling units that have set up. As at 12:00 noon, that was when we had about 78%.
“Those who started early are those around the urban areas, the capital city and in some cases the local government headquarters,” he said.
On her part, the programmes manager for YIAGA; Cynthia Mbamalu said: “We are following up with our observers on the field.
“We deployed 500 observers to 250 polling units and we have 29 roving reporters in the 21 local governments. We have people in every local government in the state.”
NAIJ.com had attended the public presentation of Watching The Vote Pre-Elections Observation (PREO) report for election on Thursday, October 26 in Abuja.
At the presentation, YIAGA warned that the voter apathy recorded in Edo and Ondo states is likely to repeat itself in Anambra except the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) intensifies its voter education programmes across the state.
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