The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) announced at a press briefing yesterday in Awka that it will employ the advanced Quick Count observation methodology and utilise the latest information and communication technology (ICT) to observe the Anambra gubernatorial election.
The Quick Count methodology will enable TMG to provide real time, representative and statistically valid information on the conduct of the Election Day processes – arrival of staff and materials, setup of the polling unit, accreditation of voters, voting itself and counting of ballot papers – both what goes well and any possible areas of concern
In total TMG will deploy 633 observers of which 600 will be stationed in pairs to representative random sample of polling stations. Throughout Election Day, TMG observers will send to an information centre located in Abuja a total of 3,600 text messages containing 21,600 individual pieces of information about the conduct of Election Day processes. They will also report the official INEC results as announced and posted at polling units.
TMG Chair Comrade Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi said “The Quick Count methodology will make election malpractices a high risk business during the coming election as TMG will have detailed information on the conduct of the election and be able to verify independently the accuracy of the official results as announced by INEC.”
As part of the briefing, TMG also provided information from on the pre-election period. TMG commended the role of the judiciary in speedily resolving electoral petitions, but was concerned about spate of litigation over party primaries. It was noted that INEC had provided political parties with electronic copies of the voters’ registry and TMG called upon INEC to publish the results of the election by polling unit. TMG is encouraged that debates were organised for gubernatorial candidates, but expressed concern that some candidates did not appear to be engaged in serious campaigning. TMG is concerned about the widespread allegations of the buying up of voter cards by politicians. TMG reminded the Security agencies that they should be impartial and neutral in the discharge of their duties during the election.
Finally, TMG called on all registered voters to go out and cast their ballot for the party of their choice on Election Day.