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Saturday, 18 November 2017

‎#AnambraDecides2017: How INEC handled logistics, accreditation — Group

he logistics process was fair but there were recorded glitches in the accreditation of voters, a youth-based organisation has found in its preliminary analysis of the ongoing gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
The Youth Initiative for Advocacy and Advancement, YIAGA, said the voting materials in most parts of the state arrived early, but some people were allowed to vote without authentication of their fingerprints.
Such occurrences, even though they happened at few polling stations, constitute “a great concern,” for the overall credibility of the process, YIAGA said in a statement by its director, Samson Toldo.
The report was distributed Saturday afternoon as part of the election-monitoring activities of about 500 stationery observers and 29 mobile observers deployed by YIAGA across the state’s 21 local government areas.
The group said it deployed Parallel Vote Tabulation observation methodology to get make its findings more accurate and efficient.
The PVT is an advanced methodology that employs well established statistical principles and utilises modern information techniques for election observation.
Mr. Itodo said YIAGA officials also found that there was an average of four polling officers per polling unit, challenging INEC to display transparency by publishing collection statistics of voter’s cards.
“APC party agents were seen at 90 per cent of polling units, APGA at 98 per cent of the polling units, and PDP at 89 per cent of polling units,” it found. “For the purposes of transparency, YIAGA urges INEC to publish the data of the collection rate of the Permanent Voter Card, PVC.”
The findings were similar to what 'GISTDIRECT’ reporters covering the election across the state highlighted earlier today.

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