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2023 Election: INEC performance low, records 40 critical incidents across 36 States – Yiaga Africa

2023 Election: INEC performance low, records 40 critical incidents across 36 States - Yiaga Africa 1

Yiaga Africa revealed real-time election statistics in its mid-day report, and it shows that it captured 40 significant incidents from its trained and licensed observers throughout the federation.

At a news conference held at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja on Saturday, February 25, Dr Hussaini Abdu, chairman of Yiaga Africa’s “Watching the Vote” initiative, announced this development.

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In Ngor Okpala LGA of Imo state, where Adhoc staff shortages were common due to poor pay and fear of violence as most of the officials were corp members or students, Yiaga Africa’s “Watching the Vote” observers reportedly recorded key instances.

Similarly, data from Lagos state says: “Yiaga Africa WTV observer reported that at Gbagada Phase II /Bariga/Apelehin/Ogundero St./Onasanwo St. Junction I, the BVAS failed to authenticate both the facial or fingerprint of voters, which resulted in the process being temporarily suspended.”

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A Twitter user with the handle @savvyRinu also took to her Twitter to express concerns, stating that the is no voting going on in Aba, Abia state as a result of BVAS not working.

Yiaga Africa’s recommendation

Dr Abdu suggested that INEC extend its voting hours to enable eligible voters to fulfil their legal civic obligations at the press conference that Legit. ng’s regional reporter attended. Dr Abdu urged INEC to look into the circumstances surrounding the delayed distribution of electoral materials to the various polling places across the federation.

He said: “Cases of breach of contractual obligations by transport workers should be met with sanctions. ”INEC should implement its guidelines on cases where elections will hold the next day. Where the Commission reschedules election to the following day, it should publish the comprehensive list of affected polling units on its online and offline platforms timeously.”

 

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