The YIAGA AFRICA has said that no candidate can receive more than 55 per cent of total vote share.
The group made the assertion in a statement on its voters’ turnout and results jointly signed by the YIAGA WTV, chair and executive director, Dr. Hussaini Abdu and Samson Itodo respectively.
According to the statement “Based on currently received observer reports, there will be no run-off for the presidential elections because a clear winner will emerge. YIAGA AFRICA’s PVT shows that no candidate will receive more than 55 per cent of the vote share”.
It said, “YIAGA AFRICA undertook the WTV project to provide citizens, presidential candidates, political parties, civil societies and INEC with independent information about whether the official results for the February 23, 2019 presidential election truly reflect the ballots cast at polling units.”
The statement stated that “On 23 February, 2019, YIAGA AFRICA deployed 3,906 observers throughout the country including 3,030 Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) observers who deployed in pairs to a random, representative statistical sample of 1,515 polling units where they remained throughout the day. With this methodology, YIAGA AFRICA is able to independently verify the accuracy of the official presidential election results announced by INEC.”
The group assured the Nigerian people and stakeholders that, it had received and processed its data from the sampled polling units.
“YIAGA AFRICA’s preliminary estimates indicate that turnout for the February 23 presidential elections will be between 36 per cent and 40 per cent based on official turnout figures collected from the PVT’s representative statistical sample of polling units across the 774 LGAs in the country. If INEC’s official turnout falls within WTV’s estimated range then it accurately reflects the ballots cast at polling units,” it stated.
It maintained that “Although YIAGA AFRICA currently has a stable estimated range for the election outcome, it is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that has the mandate to announce results.
“Only INEC, has the legal mandate to announce the election results and return a candidate as a winner. We urge all stakeholders to respect the commission’s constitutional power and refrain from declaring election results. YIAGA AFRICA enjoins citizens to remain calm and maintain the peace as INEC collates the results.”
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