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Election observers receive training for 2015 poll

17 October 2014, 08:02Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), the pro-democracy organisation, has begun training observers in preparation for the 2015 general elections

The training is in line with the deployment of its Quick Count Methodology for the observation of the poll.

According to a statement the group issued in Abuja, a consortium of organizations also including National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Search for Common Grounds, World Learning and CDD Ghana are facilitating the training.

“The three-day intensive training will put participants through the mill of the Quick Count Methodology, including how to administer the funds accounting side of the Quick Project and pre-election observation. The pre-election observation seeks to observe, document and inform citizens on pre-election electoral activities from all 774 local government areas in Nigeria. Participants at the training include the Zonal Program Officers
(ZPOs) and the accounting team who will in turn step down the training to Quick Count State Coordinating Committees (SCCs), made up of the 37 State Coordinators (SCs) and 111 State Deputy Coordinators (SDCs),” the statement read.

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It added that state coordinators are expected to step the training down for the benefit of the 774 Local Government Area Supervisors, who will then go on to observe the pre-election environment.

Chairman of TMG, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, stressed the training was of utmost importance because it is focusing on the personnel that would go on to train the field workers that are crucial to the success of the project.
He pointed out that the objective of the training was to enhance the skills and capacity of those implementing the Quick Count project. This he said will ensure a resounding success of the project, come 2015.

“Through the TMG Quick Count, non-partisan citizen observers will deploy to a random, representative sample of polling units across the country to report on the opening, accreditation, voting and counting processes during Election Day, as well as collect voting results. The heart of the Quick Count rests on establishing a representative, random sample of polling units. This means that observers will deploy to LGAs in the same proportion as there are polling units located in each LGA.”

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