- With nearly a week to go before the 2022 gubernatorial election in Ekiti state, preparations are intensifying on various channels of the primary election process
- Yiaga Africa, an election observation group, has announced 541 citizen observers have been trained to monitor all stages of the Ekiti elections Monitor and observe gubernatorial elections
Ekiti, Ado – No fewer than 541 citizen observers were appointed by Yiaga Africa confirmed to monitor and observe the upcoming gubernatorial election in Ekiti, Legit.ng
Meanwhile, Yiaga Africa has urged citizens observers to observe during their Responsibility as election observer before the elections for the governor of the Bu Ekiti State to adopt the core values of integrity, accountability and transparency.
Yiaga Africa’s Watching The Vote (WTV) Board Member Ezenwa Nwagwu made the point during his visit to various Election Observation Centers in 16 State local governments.
Stay true to integrity, accountability and transparency – Enzenwa to observers
However, Ezenwa visited some of the centers to keep the team morale commended the efforts of the trainers and the commitment of the citizen observers.
He said while the citizen observers are ambassadors of Yiaga Africa because they represent the organization, their role is as election observers an offer for them to contribute their own quota to promote credibility Ekiti state elections.
“If you come to the polling station on election day , the core value of integrity is the most important thing, its number one.” .
Ezenwa also noted that observers could be tempted with financial incentives on Election Day, but cautioned 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 precious to your voting units and stay safe .”
Election 2023: Allegations of extortion at CVR centers by INEC officials emerge
In a further development, Yiaga Africa called the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the CVR exercise by three weeks.
It also called for an investigation into allegations of bribery and non-deployment of staff at some registration centers.
commends INEC for providing an additional 209 M machines in Kano, Lagos and five states in the southeast.
Ekiti 2022: INEC cannot afford to fail with deployment of technology, says Yiaga Africa
Meanwhile, Yiaga Africa has requested INEC to ensure the effective use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the Ekiti state gubernatorial elections.
Yiaga Africa says that the use of BVAS is particularly important as the new electoral law envisages the use of a technological device for voter accreditation.
Yiaga Africa said:
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is responsible for ensuring that the BVAS functions optimally in the Ekiti state elections.