2019 Election: YIAGA AFRICA, NDI holds Strategy meeting on Pre-election Observation

All is set for the Watching The Vote (WTV) Pre-election observation training nationwide as YIAGA AFRICA concludes plans to train its 774 Local Government Supervisors and 48 State Focal Points Nationwide.

As the largest citizen movement committed to credible elections in Nigeria, YIAGA AFRICA will be deploying a total of 822 Pre-election observers under is watching the vote project to observe and report the Pre-election environment ahead of the 2019 elections. This was revealed on Friday 26th October,  by the Project Director, Cynthia Mbamalu in Abuja, during a preparatory meeting with technical partners, National Democratic Institute (NDI) to review plans and strategy ahead of the nationwide training on effective observation of the prelection environment ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“The LGA Supervisors who will be serving as Long Term Observers are expected to be trained on how to observe various pre-election activities including preparatory activities by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), voter education campaigns by Civil Society Organisation (CSO), and National Orientation Agency (NOA), campaign activities as well as violence monitoring and reporting.”, Cynthia explained.

Speaking during the meeting, WTV Project Director, Cynthia Mbamalu said, the aim of the review meeting is to ensure YIAGA AFRICA builds a strong community of expert committed to credible elections saying it is important for Long term Observers to understand the pre-election environment. According to her, the Nationwide training which will be held in 33 training centres across Nigeria from 5th to 9th November will also access the quality of Long Term Observers as the organization remain committed to building a community of experts on credible elections.

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