– 1,077 citizen observers have been trained for the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections
– The observers were trained on the essentials of election observation
– They were trained by YIAGA AFRICA under the Watching the Vote (WTV) project
YIAGA AFRICA under the Watching the Vote (WTV) project has concluded a comprehensive election day observation training for 1077 citizen observers in both Kogi and Bayelsa ahead of the November 16 governorship elections in both states.
The observers were trained on the essentials of election observation beginning from understating the election day process as provided in the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) manuals and election guidelines.
They were also trained on election day deployment, WTV observation methodology and guidelines/principles for election observation in line with the global principles of Global Network for Domestic Election Monitors.
Twenty-two master trainers were deployed to 20 training centers across 8 local government areas in Bayelsa, to train all 520 observers in the state.
Similarly, a total of 26 master trainers successfully trained the 526 citizen observers across all 21 local government areas in Kogi state.
In addition, a total of 29 LGA results collation observers were also trained by the WTV team.
The training has adequately prepared citizen observers to observe the November 16 governorship election which includes the Kogi West senatorial election.
WTV observers have also been trained on how to observe the usage and functionality of the card reader using a tally sheet to track how each voter is processed.
Meanwhile, YIAGA Africa on Tuesday, November 12, released its third pre-election observation report on the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
The civil society organisation in its findings, noted that the key issues facing the Bayelsa and Kogi 2019 are; indicators of violence, violation of electoral codes, and activities of the Independent National Electorla Commission (INEC) and political parties.
The group also raised the alarm on the issue of the threat of the likelihood for politicians to weaponize the elections.
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