To ensure the proper monitoring of the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State, YIAGA Africa, a non-governmental organisation, has disclosed that it would deploy no fewer than 646 observers to monitor the election across the state.
The organisation said the observers would be deployed in pairs to a representative random sample of 300 polling units in every local government in the state.
While addressing journalists at a media parley yesterday in Akure, the director of programme, YIAGA Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu, disclosed that the observers in pairs would send their reports on the spot for collation through what she described as Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) observation methodology.
While emphasising the need to educate the people of the state on the need for them to go out and cast their votes for candidates of their choices, Mbamalu noted that whenever there was a low turn-out of voters at a particular polling unit, it gave room for result manipulation.
According to Mbamalu, “It is important to let the people know that they should go out to vote on Election Day so that they can decide who would manage their affairs for another four years. Those who fail to go out invariably give the few to determine their fate.
“It must be noted that when a few people go out to vote, it creates an avenue for politicians to manipulate the election results.”