Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, Yiaga Africa; a citizen-led movement committed to credible election under the Watching The Vote (WTV) has deployed its cohort of 44 Master Trainers across all the 18 local government areas in Edo State for the training of over 500 Polling Unit Observers and 24 Roving Observers.
The training tagged; ‘’Election Day observation training” was held in 42 training centres spread across all LGAs in the state. This was followed by the training of 18 Collation Centre observers who would be deploy to all 18 local government area collation centres to observe, document and report the process at the collation level.
Yiaga Africa’s cohort of 44 Master Trainers with a deluge ofv experiences from their involvement in the Anambra, Ekiti, Osun, Kogi and Bayelsa gubernatorial elections and the 2019 presidential elections, stepped down the training to the local government supervisors and the polling unit observers.
A statement issued by the executive director, Yiaga Africa, James Itodo, said the training held from 10th – 13th September 2020 provided the rudiments of election observation and reporting.
“Yiaga Africa observers were trained on the essentials of election observation beginning from understanding the Election Day process as provided in the Independent National Electoral Commission’s manuals and election guidelines, election day deployment, to the WTV observation methodology, using the observation forms. The observers were also exposed to the guidelines and principles of election observation in line with the global principles of Global Network for Domestic Election Monitors.