By Ali Baba-Inuwa
Yiaga Africa says it plans to deploy 500 stationary observers for the Nov. 6 Anambra governorship election for effective monitoring.
Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa said this at a pre-election briefing on Friday in Awka.
“Yiaga Africa will deploy 500 stationary observers to a representative statistical sample of 248 polling units and 27 mobile observers in all the 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Anambra.
“The Yiaga Africa Watching the TV Vote (WTV) will also deploy 21 collation observers to each of the LGA collation centre,” he said.
Itodo said that the selected polling units were determined by established statistical principles to ensure that the resultant information was true representative of the state.
“The PVT sample of polling units was drawn according to well established statistical principles and is truly representative of all the polling units because the percentage of sampled polling units for each LGA is similar to the percentage of all polling units for each LGA.
“Over the course of election day, Yiaga Africa’s data Centre in Anambra will receive 4,500 text messages containing approximately 60,500 individual pieces of information about the 2021 Anambra governorship election.
“Once the text messages are received at Yiaga Africa’s data center, they will be processed and reviewed to ensure the information is complete, authentic and accurate.
“Since Yiaga Africa is based on official results from a representative random sample of polling units, it will be able to estimate the statewide results for the governorship election within a narrow range based on a well established statistical principles,” he said.
Itodo said that if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) results fell within Yiaga Africa’s estimated range, Nigerians should have confidence that the results reflected the ballot cast at polling units.
“If the announced results have been manupulated and do not match the polling units results, Yiaga Africa will expose it,” he said. (NAN)