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  • Updated: July 15, 2022

#OsunDecides2022: YIAGA Africa To Deploy Election Observers, Laments Vote Buying 

#OsunDecides2022: YIAGA Africa To Deploy Election Observers,

Yiaga Africa

Yiaga Africa, an election monitoring body, has said that it is going to deploy 500 stationary observers and 32 mobile observers for the Saturday, July 16 gubernatorial election in Osun State.

This is at it also vowed to expose any result by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that does not reflect the results collated after the election.

Disclosing this at a press conference in Osogbo, Cynthia Mbamalu, Yiaga Africa Director of Programme noted that necessary machinery has been put in place to provide accurate report of the election having deployed 500 stationeries observers and 30 collation observers for the election.

“Yiaga Africa will deploy 500 stationary observers to a representative statistical sample of 250 polling units and 32 mobile observers located in all 30 LGAs of Osun state.

“Yiaga Africa will also deploy 30 collation centre observers to each of the LGA Collation Centers.

"The sampled polling units were determined by established statistical principles to ensure the resulting information is representative of the state and unbiased.

“The PVT sample of polling units was drawn according to well-established statistical principles and is truly representative of all of 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. 

"Osun will receive 4,500 text messages containing approximately 54,500 individual pieces of information about the 2022 Osun governorship election.

“Once the text messages are received at Yiaga Africa’s data centre, they will be processed and reviewed to ensure the information is complete, authentic and accurate,” Yiaga added.

Yiaga Africa also disclosed that going into the Osun gubernatorial election, politicians plan to donate rams, food items to induce voters.

The findings which were also contained in the preliminary report added that the items were distributed the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The findings span from April through July.

Out of 15 aspirants, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the APC, Ademola Adeleke of the PDP, Yusuf Lasun of the Labour Party, Oyegoke Omigbodun of the SDP, and Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party are seen as the major contenders.

“In our fifth pre-election reporting period, voter inducement was reported by the Long Term Observers (LTO) in Egbedore, Iwo, Orolu, Ifedayo, Irepodun and Ede North LGAS,” he said.

“Specifically, food items and livestock were distributed to people as a campaign strategy employed by political parties.”

The group said that voter inducement may undermine the legitimacy of electoral outcomes and create an unequal playing field for the aspirants.

It also outlined cult clashes as one of the likely negative that would affect the Osun guber.

A sharp increase in activities of cult groups and physical violence during political campaigns was observed in some parts of the state and also a report was received that these cult groups are assembling small arms and light weapons ahead of the election.

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