YIAGA AFRICA, a non-partisan Civil Society Organization (CSO) committed to deepening electoral integrity and citizens’ participation in elections in Africa has been undertaking pre-election observation (PREO) since November 9, 2018. The PREO is part of YIAGA AFRICA’s comprehensive election observation programme geared towards providing data and analysis on pre-election issues. The pre-election observation is conducted by 822 Watching the Vote (WTV) long-term observers deployed in each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs).  YIAGA AFRICA will continue its observation of the pre-election environment until the week of the Presidential election. The goal is to facilitate evidence-based election planning and policy.

YIAGA AFRICA’s Watching The Vote effort includes volunteers representing Nigeria’s diversity: women and men, youth and the elderly, persons with a disability, Muslims and Christians from the six geopolitical zones. YIAGA AFRICA’s observers have all been carefully selected and extensively trained in accordance with strict criteria to ensure their independence and neutrality, are properly accredited with INEC and have signed a project Code of Conduct to uphold standards of impartiality, objectivity and professionalism. YIAGA AFRICA observes on behalf of all Nigerian people and speaks in their name on the basis of verified data. YIAGA AFRICA will deploy a parallel vote tabulation or PVT. Findings are from a statistical sample of polling units located in all 774 LGAs that is truly representative of the entire country and therefore provide unbiased information on the overall conduct of the presidential election and the accuracy of the results.