EDO : YIAGA AFRICA Lauds INEC For Credible Election

21 September 2020 by Julian Osamoto

The YIAGA Africa Watching The Vote, says its official result for the 2020 Edo State Governorship election is consistent with result of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

A statement released by the Executive Director YIAGA Africa. Mr Samson Itodo, Explains that if INEC official result estimate had been changed at the Ward, LGA or State collation centres, it would not have fallen within the Yiaga Africa WTV estimated range.

It urged contestants, parties, and voters to have confidence that INEC’s official results for the 2020 Edo gubernatorial election reflected the ballots cast at polling units.

“It is important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the two political parties that received the most votes”.

“At 94% of polling units, counting had concluded by 4:30 pm. Incidents of intimidation, harassment or violence were reported in only 4% of polling units during counting. Furthermore, at 94% of polling units, APC party agents received a copy of the EC.8A results form and at 97% of polling units, PDP party agents received a copy of the EC.8A results form at 81% of polling units, party agents from all parties present received a copy of the EC.8A results form”.

The statement notes that INEC’s official results for turnout and rejected ballots were also consistent with Yiaga Africa WTV estimates.

” Yiaga Africa is able to estimate that turnout is 27.4% with a margin of error of ± 2.1% between 25.3% and 29.5%, while INEC’s official turnout is 25%. Similarly, Yiaga Africa estimates rejected ballots are 1.8% with a margin of error of ± 0.6% between 1.2% and 2.4%, while INEC’s official result for rejected ballots is 2.3%. These results are consistent”.

“At 85% of polling units, the card reader functioned throughout the day and in 13% of the polling units, the card reader malfunctioned but was fixed.
At 98% of polling units, every potential voter’s permanent voter card, PVC was checked by the card reader and every potential voter’s PVC was checked against the register of voters. No one was accredited to vote at any polling unit without a PVC.”

“women were particularly affected by incidents of intimidation, harassment or violence this includes women as voters, polling officials, security, party agents or observers.
39% of polling units completed accreditation and voting by the designated time of 2:30 pm, while by 4:30 pm, 94% of polling units had completed accreditation and voting”

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