Politics

#AnambraDecides: Monitoring Group, Yiaga Identifies 66 Cases Of Election Inadequacies

#AnambraDecides: Monitoring Group, Yiaga Identifies 66 Cases Of Election Inadequacies (Updated: Sunday, 7th November 2021, 10:41 AM)


Yiaga Africa, a non-governmental organisation, says it received about 66 critical incident reports from the Anambra State election, which if unaddressed, could undermine the integrity of the election results.

The organisation based its assessment on reports derived from 500 election observers and 27 mobile observers deployed to 229 out of 248 polling units across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

It stated that its preliminary findings from the 66 cases showed that there were delayed opening of the polling units; delay in the accreditation and voting processes and under-deployment of officials to polling units.

Further cases at polling units included the malfunctioning of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS).

Yiaga called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to find a lasting solution to the problems encountered and ensure registered voters do not get disenfranchised due to technology or logistics-related problems.

The group said, “The WTV election day situational report provides information and data on the commencement of polls, availability of election materials and critical incidents that may impact the quality of the election.

“This report is based on verified reports received from sampled polling units as of 4pm on election day. In addition, sixty-six critical incident reports were received and processed as of 4pm. These incidents could potentially undermine the integrity of the election if unaddressed.

“Delayed opening of polling units: Yiaga Africa WTV observed the late arrival of polling officials and materials at polling units across the State. By 7:30 am, polling officials were present in only 17% of polling units.

”The delays were occasioned by poor logistics management. Yiaga Africa anticipated these challenges based on our pre-election observation, hence the call in our pre-election statement urging INEC to make contingency plans in situations where respective transport unions /companies reneged on their contractual obligation to deploy.

“Late start of Polls: As expected, the late arrival of polling officials delayed the commencement of accreditation and voting across several polling units. Reports from the WTV observers revealed that by 9:30 am only 28% of polling units commenced accreditation and voting. By 10:30 am, 50% of the polling units had commenced accreditation and voting.

“This, however, increased by noon as accreditation and voting were reported in 81% of the polling units. The geographical distribution indicates that 64.3% of polling units in Anambra Central Senatorial district commenced accreditation and voting by 10:30 am, 60.3% of polling units in Anambra North while in Anambra South senatorial district, only 28.9% of polling units commended accreditation and voting by 10:30am.

“Deployment of Polling Officials: Yiaga Africa WTV observed that an average of 2 polling officials were deployed in those polling units where INEC officials and materials arrived.

“This is lower than the required number of four polling officials per polling unit. At least one female polling official was present in the polling units.

“Deployment and non-functionality of Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS): Yiaga Africa WTV observed the deployment of the BVAS to the polling units. However, Yiaga Africa received reports of the BVAS failure to authenticate voters' fingerprints and photos even where voter details were confirmed on the voter register.

“Critical Incidents: Non-opening of Polling Units by 12 noon: Based on verified reports from Yiaga Africa observers, 19% of polling units failed to open by 12noon. In other words, INEC officials didn't deploy to those polling units. These incidents are mostly concentrated in Anambra South Senatorial District (23.5%), Anambra Central (17%), and Anambra North Senatorial districts (13%).”

Add a coment

Recent Posts

Lil Frosh
Lil Frosh
Frank Edwards
Frank Edwards
Ichaba
Ichaba
Peruzzi
Peruzzi
Slimcase
Slimcase
Yomi Blaze
Yomi Blaze
BigerTinz
BigerTinz
DJ Cuppy
DJ Cuppy
JoeBoy
JoeBoy
JamoPyper
JamoPyper
Dre San
Dre San
Eva Alordiah
Eva Alordiah
Daddy Showkey
Daddy Showkey
Sarz
Sarz
Zinoleesky
Zinoleesky
Odunsi (The...
Odunsi (The...
Davolee
Davolee
LK Kuddy
LK Kuddy
Vector
Vector
Drizz Ace
Drizz Ace
Olamide
Olamide
Madrina
Madrina
Liya
Liya
Adekunle Gold
Adekunle Gold
DJ OP Dot
DJ OP Dot
Waje
Waje
DJ Baddo
DJ Baddo
T Classic
T Classic
Omar Sterling
Omar Sterling
Patoranking
Patoranking
B-Red
B-Red
Philkeyz
Philkeyz
Solidstar
Solidstar
Bracket
Bracket
Skepta
Skepta
C Blvck
C Blvck
BOJ
BOJ
Fizzy Mayur
Fizzy Mayur
Davido
Davido
Ojayy Wright
Ojayy Wright
NAIJAKIT.COM

Trending Posts