2019 elections: YIAGA AFRICA to train 822 pre-election observers nationwide

A Civil Society Organisation(CSO), YIAGA AFRICA says it has concluded plans to train 822 long term observers drawn from the 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria.

The Organisation’s Programmes Manager, Ms Cynthia Mbamalu said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Mbamalu said that the Master Trainers would be travelling to all the 36 states in order to train the pre-election observers ahead of the 2019 general elections.

According to her, YIAGA AFRICA as the largest citizen movement committed to credible elections in Nigeria will deploy a total of 822 Pre-election observers under its Watching The Vote (WTV) project.

This, she said was to observe and report the pre-election environment ahead of the 2019 elections.

“WTV Master Trainers are cohort of experts in election observation having trained observers for the Anambra, Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections.

“The Master Trainers will be training a total of 822 pre-election observers also known as Long Term Observers on how to observe and report the Pre-election environment as the 2019 elections approaches.

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“YIAGA AFRICA’s WatchingTheVote training is for the LGA Supervisors who will be serving as Long Term Observers on how to observe and report preparatory activities by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).’’

Mbamalu said that these observers would also be equipped on how to monitor voter education campaigns by CSOs, National Orientation Agency (NOA), campaign activities by parties, as well as violence monitoring and reporting.

She said that voter education, hate speech, violence indicators, and political party campaigns would also be observed and reported accordingly.

She said that this would enable the organisation build an early warning system to prevent election malpractice and electoral violence.

According to her, the nationwide training which will be held in 33 training centres across Nigeria from November 5 to November 9, will also access the quality of Long Term Observers.

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This, she said was because the organisation remained committed to building a community of experts on credible elections.

“For we at YIAGA AFRICA, we believe election is a process and activities that happen before the election are as important as election day activities.

“Thus,we continue to build a community of experts committed to credible elections through training and retraining of our cohort of Master Trainers in order to have an accurate and precise report,’’ she said.

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