#WatchingTheVote Mid-day Situational Press Statement on the 2018 Osun Gubernatorial Election

Introduction YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote (WTV) is Nigeria’s largest non-partisan and independent movement of citizens observers. WTV currently has 500 polling unit observers deployed in 250 sampled polling units in all 30 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Osun and 32 mobile observers across the State to observe the ongoing voting process. At the close…

Pre-Election Press Statement on the 2018 Osun Governorship election issued by YIAGA AFRICA Watching the Vote

Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of the YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote; Nigeria’s largest non-partisan and independent citizens movement on electoral integrity, we welcome you to this Pre-Election Press Briefing on the 2018 governorship election in Osun State. This press briefing is the first in series of press conferences to be hosted by YIAGA AFRICA…

Osun Poll: WatchingTheVote raises alarm over voter inducement, Releases Pre-election Observation findings

YIAGA Africa’s WatchingTheVote has raised alarm over of voters’ inducement ahead of September 22 governorship election in Osun state. This was revealed by Project Director, Cynthia Mbamalu WTV during a press briefing in Osogbo, the state capital. According to Ms Mbamalu, WTV pre-election findings, observed that voters’ inducement through the distribution of money and gifts…

We Will Overcome Vote Buying, INEC Assures

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured that it would overcome the menace of vote buying, which it described as cancer and a threat to the electoral process. Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in Abuja at a voter enlightenment programme, WatchingTheVote Election Series II, put together by the Youth Initiative…

Duly Elected or Duly Purchased? WatchingTheVote Launches Report on Vote Buying and Selling During Ekiti Guber polls

During the official launch of the report on Vote buying and selling at the Ekiti Governorship Elections, YIAGA AFRICA’s WatchingTheVote called for laws to address loopholes in the electoral process especially vote buying. The report was launched by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu during the WTV election dialogue …

DULY ELECTED OR DULY PURCHASED? #WatchingTheVote Report on Vote Buying and Selling in the 2018 Ekiti Governorship Elections

Executive Summary Nigeria’s democracy is under threat following growing trend of vote buying and selling in elections. Capacity, competence and character are not parameters for assessing electoral candidates. Cash-for-vote or ‘see and buy’ is emerging as the major determinant of electoral choice. Besides being illegal as explicitly stated in Nigeria’s electoral laws, vote buying also…

YIAGA AFRICA PRE-ELECTION OBSERVATION FINDINGS AND PLANS FOR ELECTION OBSERVATION

Osun State, Nigeria- The period leading to 2018 Governorship election in Osun State remains a politically charged period with several pre-election activities for the 2019 elections underway. With 48 political parties contesting the 22nd September, Osun Governorship election and a total of 1, 682, 495 registered voters, the State presents important political dynamics to look…