Yiaga Africa, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has said it would deploy Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) method to check results during the governorship election on Saturday.
In a statement in Abuja, its Executive Director, Mr. Samson Itodo, confirmed that the group would also deploy 646 observers to monitor the election under its ‘Watching the Vote (WTV)’ project.
He said PVT is a technique for election day observation that leverages statistics and technology to track the voting, counting and tallying processes of results.
“Citizen-observers are deployed to inspect voting units at random to gather election conduct data and the results of the official polling unit level.
A citizen observer group may release projected estimates and check the accuracy of the results declared by the election management body with the results gathered from the surveyed polling units.
“Using this approach, observer reports are sent to a central database via SMS, enabling WTV to review and exchange timely findings in near real-time on the conduct of the election,” Itodo said.
He said that in a representative statistical sample of 300 polling units, as well as 28 roving observers, Yiaga Africa will deploy 600 stationary observers in pairs.
He added that in each of the 18 local governments, 18 collection centre observers will be deployed.
Itodo said the deployment strategy would allow Yiaga Africa to have accurate and timely information on accreditation, voting and counting efficiency, as well as to verify official results independently.