#KogiDecides: Transition Monitoring Group sends 325 observers for Guber Polls

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The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) said on Thursday that it would deploy 325 citizen-observers for the governorship election holding in Kogi on November 21.

The Chairman of TMG, Mr Ibrahim Zikirullahi, told newsmen in Lokoja that the observers would comprise of 300 stationary and 25 roving ones.

He said that they had been carefully selected from across the 21 local governments in the state.

He said that the observers would be deployed to 300 randomly selected polling units out of the 2, 548 in the state.

Zikirullahi said that the TMG, an independent and non-partisan organization, is a coalition of 400-civil-society groups based in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to him, their duty is mainly to provide timely and accurate information on the conduct of voting and counting of the results of the election.

“ TMG’s Quick Count is the only observation methodology that can independently verify the official results of the governorship election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, “ the chairman said.

He said that the observers had been trained and accredited to witness the entire election process from start-up at the polling units through the announcement and posting of official results.

“TMG calls on the electorate to go to the polls confident that their votes will count.

“ Quick Count will provide independent verification of the gubernatorial results as announced by INEC.

“If the official results reflect the ballots cast at polling units, TMG will confirm them.

“If the official results do not reflect the ballots cast at polling units, TMG will expose them,” Zikirullahi said .

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