A group of election monitors, Yiaga Africa, has disclosed that it would deploy 562 observers across Osun State for the July 16 governorship poll.

The disclosure was made in Osogbo on Thursday during the  ‘Watch The Vote Media Dialogue Roundtable Discussion,’ organised for print and broadcast journalists in Osun State.

A member of the Yiaga Board, Ezenwa Nwagwu, said that the monitors would be deployed via its Watch The Vote platform, adding that reports would be given from 250 polling units that would be randomly selected and spread across the 30 local government areas of the state.

“Yiaga Africa will also be using Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT), an advanced technology that leverages statistics and technology for the observation of the process of voting, counting, and tallying of election results.

“About 500 WTV polling unit observers will be deployed to observe the accreditation, voting, and counting processes on Election Day.

“Another 32 mobile observers will be deployed in all the 30 local government areas and they will be using their mobile phones to send observation reports to the Yiaga data centre”, he said.

Yiaga Programme Manager, Paul James, also explained the benefits of the Parallel Vote Tabulation initiative, saying it would detect and prevent manipulation during the poll.


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