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Election observers receive training on new polling method

13 November 2014, 21:26

Abuja -  The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of civil society organisation, is training more than 700 local government supervisors in preparation for the deployment of its new methodology for the observation of the 2015 general elections.

According to a statement signed by the Group Media Manager, Armsfree Ajanaku, the training is a way of stepping down the Quick Count Training for the benefit of the 774 local government area supervisors.

"Due to the high level of accuracy and precision involved in a Quick Count, training the Local Government Supervisors is of utmost importance because they are the personnel who would coordinate the activities of the thousands of Quick Count Election observers on Election Day," Ajanaku said.

He said the objective of the training for the observers was to enhance their skills and capacity in relation to the implementation of the Quick Count Project.

Also read: 2015 election: U.S. promises assistance to INEC

Quick Count, also known as the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) is the globally-tested gold standard in election observation.  

"In a Quick Count, thousands of nonpartisan stationary observers are deployed to a representative random sample of polling units to keep an eye on the Election Day processes," Ajanaku said.

He said these processes include opening of polling units, voter accreditation, voting, sorting, counting, announcement of results amongst other aspects of the Election Day procedures.

"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."

Ajanaku said the TMG observers will also watch conduct of electoral stakeholders such as INEC officials, political party agents and the security forces.

-   CAJ News

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