Mid-day Situational Statement on the 2023 Off-Cycle Governorship Elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi

Yiaga Africa Watching The Vote is deploying the Process and Results Verification for Transparency (PRVT) methodology to observe the governorship elections in Imo and Kogi States. This involves the deployment of 600 stationary observers to a representative randomly selected sample of 300 polling units in each of the States and 50 roving observers in Kogi and Imo states. With the PRVT, Yiaga Africa will independently assess the quality of the process and verify the accuracy of official results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In addition to the PRVT methodology, Yiaga Africa deployed 9 roving observers in Bayelsa State. Yiaga Africa will also observe the results collation process in all Local Government Areas (LGAs) and State Results Collation Centres.

On the eve of the election, Yiaga Africa observed the deployment of election materials and personnel from the Local Government Area (LGA) to the Registration Area Centers (RAC) observed in both states. However, on election day, Yiaga Africa observed early opening of polling units in Kogi state compared to Imo State, where fewer polling units opened by 8:30 am, including those that remained unopened by 12 noon.