2023: CDD Trains  51 Election Observers In Ekiti 

Ahead of the 2023 General Election  the Centre for Democracy and Development(CDD) has trained 51 election observers.
The observers are expected to make on the spot report about happenings at their respective voting units .
Speaking at the One-day CDD 2023 Election Observers Training  held in Ado-Ekiti, Prof. Oluwadare Christopher said  the observers are neutral, and apolitical .
Oluwadare,who is the Chairman of the coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Ekiti State clarified that  observers, don’t have intervention responsibilities, but they can only observe, report and document whatever they see .
 He disclosed that the all- inclusive  training  involved  youths, women, men, and  persons  with disability.
Oluwadare said the CDD is a governance focus International  Non-Governmental  Organization, NGO,   renowned  for promoting good  governance, transparency, most  especially, supporting INEC to ensure transparency, credible and acceptable elections in the country.
“Observing  means you look at what is happening and you report what you see and not what somebody said.  You are not reporting what other people say,  but you report what you observes yourself to be able to send enough factual information to those people that can intervene” Oluwadare said .
He explained that each observer  is   going to where they  ought to vote, we are factoring where we ought to vote, where their  PVCs are  attached too, so that they  can also first of all cast their  votes and thereafter step aside and observer what is happening and  report them to the situation room.
 “if there is any case of insecurity,  untoward activities, you report it to  the situation room, then they will called the necessary agencies, either the security, INEC,  to go there and intervene  and  support the smooth conduct of the general election”
In his remarks, the INEC’s Head of Election Monitoring, Mr. Austin Orogbu  said observers are not allowed to interfere in the election process, but just to see and report .
Mr. Orogbu urged the observers to work closely with security agencies and poll officials, saying they are not immune to prosecution.
The Programme Officer, Mr. Oluwasegun Adegbegi, who took the technical session  of the training  disclosed that the observers are expected to work in all the local government areas in Ekiti State.

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