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Program Officer, Opeyemi Haruna during training of Long Term Observers in Osun

Osun 2022: Yiaga Africa Commence Observation of Political, Security Environment

----- Deploys 31 Long Term Observers

Anthonia Onda speaking to Long Term Observers in Osun

Ahead of the July 16th Osun Governorship election, Yiaga Africa has trained and deployed 31 Watching the Vote (WTV) Long Term Observers (LTOs) across all 30 Local Government Areas in the state to observe and provide information on the level of preparations and other pre-election activities by all election’s stakeholders in the state. The pre-election observation will include observing efforts by election stakeholders in educating and mobilising the voters ahead of the election to improve on the abysmally low turnout recorded in the 2018 elections.


Major institutions and stakeholders whose activities will be observed include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Orientation Agency (NOA), Political Parties, Security Agencies. In addition, the involvement of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the electoral process will be observed. Also, as INEC concludes Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in Osun State, Yiaga Africa’s observers will monitor the collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) across all LGAs including other voter education activities in preparation for the polls.  


The Long-Term Observers have also been trained to track, monitor and report incidents of violence that may impact the elections across all the 30 LGAs. The violence monitoring will enable Yiaga Africa’s Watching the Vote Initiative to track early warning signs and escalate as necessary to prevent incidents that can hinder the successful conduct of the elections. In addition, WTV pre-elections observers will observe and report issues relating to hate speech, intimidation and harassment of any electoral stakeholder, women, youth and persons with disability and attacks on media or INEC officials. The LTOs will also report any incidents of government restrictions on political activities that may restrict equal participation in the process.  

Paul James speaking during Training of Long Term Observers

Yiaga Africa’s Pre-elections observation findings will be shared with the public via various mediums including social media and shared with respective institutions for required action.  #WatchingTheVote is a comprehensive observation initiative that includes the observation of the pre-election environment, deployment



Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.