Yiaga Africa has said the official results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the July 16 governorship election in Osun State, southwest Nigeria, reflect the votes cast at the polling units.
The prominent election monitoring group made this known in a process and results verification report on the 2022 Osun governorship election.
INEC declared the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the keenly contested election.
The Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke got a total of 403,371 votes to beat the incumbent, Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 375,027 votes.
The PDP won 17 of the 30 local government areas of the state, while the APC won the remaining 13.
Addressing a news conference on Sunday in Osogbo, Yiaga Africa’s Board Chairman, Dr Hussain Abdu, said had the official results been changed at the ward, LGAs or state collation centres, the results would not have fallen within the Yiaga Africa WatchingTheVote (WTV) estimated ranges.
‘Because the official results fall within the estimated ranges, candidates, parties, and voters should have confidence that the official results for the Osun 2022 gubernatorial election reflect the ballots cast at polling units on Saturday, July 16, 2022’, he said.
‘It is important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the four political parties that received the most votes’.
Abdu said that Yiaga employed the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology and deployed 500 observers in pairs to a representative random sample of 250 polling units, 32 mobile observers in all 30 LGAs and 30 results collation observers.
The civil society organisation (CSO) commended the people of Osun State for their resilience and commitment to a non-violent election.
The nonprofit also encouraged the voters to sustain their participation in the electoral process beyond the elections by holding political parties and candidates accountable for their campaign promises.
The CSO, however, called on INEC to audit the newly created polling units and ensure equitable distribution of voters to the polling units.
According to the CSO, in cases where voters had been allotted to new polling units, INEC should update the voter records on its website and communicate the changes to prevent voter disenfranchisement.
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