- The results of Ekiti gubernatorial election announced by INEC on Sunday, July 15, has been backed by a non-governmental organisation
- YIAGA Africa says it deployed 250 observers to monitor the election in units across the state and in turn, the observers sent in official results of their respective units
- However, the organisation lamented incidences of vote buying in the election
YIAGA Africa, a non-governmental organization promoting democracy, constitutionalism and youth participation in Africa has released details of statistics it accessed and collated at the just concluded governorship election in Ekiti state.
Disclosing this to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, July 15, executive director of YIAGA, Mr Samson Itodo said the organisation under its Watching The Vote (WTV) project had deployed 250 observers to sampled polling units across the state.
He also said YIAGA Africa deployed 24 mobile observers in all the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state as collation observers.
The observers are said to have sent in official results of their respective units to YIAGA's situation room in Ado-Ekiti.
"Based on reports from 98% (246 of 250) sampled polling units YIAGA AFRICA’s statistical analysis shows that All Progressives Congress (APC) should receive between 49.1% and 54.7% of the vote; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should receive between 43.1% and 48.7% of the vote; no other party should receive more than 1% of the vote share," the organisation disclosed in its official statement.
Going further, the organisation also claimed that the INEC official result was consistent with the YIAGA Africa WTV estimate.
It added that if the official results was changed at the ward, LGA or state collation centres, the official results would not have fallen within the YIAGA Africa WTV estimated ranges.
Consequently, the organisation made the following submissions:
1. At 85% of polling units counting had concluded by 4:00 pm.
2. Incidents of intimidation, harassment or violence were reported in 5% of polling units during counting.
3. On average, three party agents were present during the counting process.
4. AT 94% of polling units APC party agents received a copy of the EC.8A results form and at 95% of polling units PDP party agents received a copy of the EC.8A results form. At 38% of polling units part agents from other parties received a copy of the EC.8A results form.
It added that INEC’s official results for turnout and rejected ballots are also consistent with it's estimates.
The organisation also added that it was: "Able to estimate that turnout is 44.5% with a margin of error of ±3.1% (between 41.4% and 47.6%) while INEC’s official result is 44.4%. Similarly, YIAGA AFRICA estimates rejected ballots are 4.3% with a margin of error of ±1.1% (between 3.2% and 5.4%) while INEC’s official result is 4.7%."
These results are consistent, YIAGA declared. However, the organisation lamented incidences of vote buying in the election.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that in what would have come as a shock to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) particularly their non-Ekiti twitter followers, Dr Kayode Fayemi emerged as the governor-elect in the Ekiti gubernatorial election.
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