TMG to deploy 325 observers for Bayelsa governorship polls

Posted by News Express | 4 December 2015 | 2,840 times

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The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) on Thursday said it will deploy 325 election observers across the eight local government areas for the December 5 governorship election in the state.

Disclosing this at a pre-election news conference in Yenagoa, TMG Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Zikirul, explained that 300 of the observers will be stationary while 25 will be roving on election day.

Mr. Zikirul said that TMG will use its Quick Count Election observation methodology to independently verify the official results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

His words: “TMG’s Quick Count for the December 5, 2015 Bayelsa Governorship elections will involve deploying 300 carefully selected trained and accredited citizen observers to a representative random sample of 300 out of 1,804 polling units in all eight LGAs.

“The citizen observers will witness the entire election day process from set-up of the polling unit through the announcement and posting of the official results.

“Throughout the course of the day, TMG’s citizen observers will send in reports in near real time via coded text message using their mobile phones to a National Information Centre (NIC) located in Yenagoa.”

Mr. Zikirul said that TMG has been observing the electoral process leading to the December 5 ballot by deployment of long term pre-election observers to each of the eight LGAs.

He disclosed that TMG had observed from the pre-election report that there are high risks of election violence in Kolokuma/Opokuma, Nembe, Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa LGAs.

On what the group wants to be done, Mr. Zikirul said: “TMG recommends that the Police and other security agencies should pay particular attention to risks of violence in Kolokuma/Opokuma, Nembe, Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa LGAs.

“TMG calls on candidates to denounce hate speech and acts of violence, most especially destruction carried out by their own supporters and commit to campaign on issue-based platforms.

“Furthermore candidates should hold their supporters and party members responsible for engaging in violence or hate speech.

“TMG hereby calls on the candidates in the Bayelsa governorship election to adhere to the letter and spirit of the November 10, Bayelsa Peace Accord.”

Mr. Zikirul also noted that TMG pre-election observers have reported increased participation of women in the electoral process in Bayelsa with women actively engaged in canvassing for votes.

•Photo shows TMG Chairman, Ibrahim Zikirul.

Source: News Express

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