By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo
An election monitoring group, Yiaga Africa, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for being consistent in official announcement of votes cast during the Osun State governorship election.
The results, it said conformed with the group’s Watching the Votes (WTV) estimated range, just as the group eulogized the umpire on drastic improvement.
Addressing a news conference on Sunday in Osogbo, the group’s Board Chairman, Dr Hussain Abdu, said had the official results been changed at the ward, local government or state collation centres, the official results would not have fallen within the Yiaga Africa WTV estimated ranges.
He said, ” because the official results fall within the estimated range, candidates, parties, and voters should have confidence that the official results for the Osun 2022 gubernatorial election reflect the ballots cast at polling units on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
“It is important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the four political parties that received the most votes”.
Abdu said that the group employed the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology and deployed 500 observers in pairs to a representative random sample of 250 polling units, 32 mobile observers in all 30 local government areas and 30 results collation observers.
According to him, this deployment strategy enabled Yiaga Africa to provide timely and accurate information on the election day process commencing from the set-up, voter accreditation, voting, and counting and to independently verify the official results of the election as announced by INEC.
Abdu said Yiaga Africa commended the people of Osun for their resilience and commitment to a non-violent election.
He said the group encouraged the voters to sustain their participation in the electoral process beyond the elections by holding political parties and candidates accountable for their campaign promises.
Abdu, however, called on INEC to audit the newly created polling units and ensure equitable distribution of voters to the polling units.
He said In cases where voters had been allotted to new polling units, INEC should update the voter records on its website and communicate the changes to prevent voter disenfranchisement.
Abdul said Yiaga Africa thanked the many Nigerians across the state who volunteered to serve as non-partisan WTV citizen observers on behalf of all the people of Osun