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With the Presidential elections in Nigeria holding in two days, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has listed five strategies to combat any manipulation during the electoral process.
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According to Post Nigeria, Osita Chidoka, a former Aviation Minister and Spokesperson/Chairman, Strategy Committee of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, made the revelation to a Journalist, in Abuja.

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According to Chidoka, the PDP has in place: “A state-of-the-art Parrell Voting Tabulation, PVT, system, a national of fully equipped Situation Rooms and Call Centres, a nationwide hotline for the public to malpractice, as well as the launch of a hashtag, #DefendYourVote, among others.”
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On the rationale for deploying the PVT, Chidoka explained that the device “is a scientifically proven, best practice technique, to hold election authorities accountable, particularly when there is a lack of trust and the results are highlycontested.”
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He added that the PVT would ensure that PDP partisans “accept the results of the election, and that the country remains peaceful and respectful of its differences”, adding that, some civil society organisations would also have their PVTs in place.
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The PDP Chieftain further explained: “Our methodology accounts for several different scenarios, to ensure continued collation of the results in the event of any disruptions with collation processHard copies of the signed voter tally provided to all party agents by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Officers, will be transported to the Central Command Center, should future disputes need to be reconciled.”
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And unlike in the past, Chidoka said that the party would deploy a huge number of well trained and educated agents to each of the 176,000 polling units, nationwide.
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He spoke further on other strategies aimed at ensuring that the polls mirror the will of the electorate.
 
“PDP has established a reporting system for the PVT, through the Wards to the District Headquarters, to the States, and to the National Tally Centre”, he added
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A nationwide hotline for the public to report infractions has been launched by the party, even as the ex-Minister explained that the PDP “is providing multiple-line inbound call centre, linked to a single hotline number: 097000551, for voters to report any incidence of violence or Electoral malpractice.”
 
The #DefendYourVote campaign, another strategy unveiled by the party according to Chidoka, is targeted at Nigeria’s largest voter block (18-25 years-old), adding that, “a set of 12 easy-to-follow guidelines has been communicated to voters.”
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While warning against the a recap of what he called the “Osun playbook, Chidoka stated that the PDP has adopted international best practices, including “establishing a robust elections results management system”, coupled with its “wide array of intelligence collectors and patriotic public servants, who are resolute in defending the Constitution and the integrity of our Electoral process.”
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For those nursing the intent to rig the polls, Chidoka has a word for them: “There will be consequences”, he warned.
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What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.
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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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#OndoDecides2020: Results From 16 LGs Declared, Two Being Awaited

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As of 12.30 p.m. on Sunday, 16 local government areas have been announced in the Ondo State governorship held on Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Twelve of the results were declares early on Sunday and when the commission reconvened after a four-hour break, four other local governments were announced by their various collation officers.

The four local governments that were just announced were Ose, Okitipupa, Ondo West and Odigbo, bringing the number of local governments declared to be 16 while the remaining two are being awaited as of the time of this .

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Below are the results of the 16 local governments:

Ifedore LG:

APC 9,350,

PDP 11,852,

ZLP 1.860

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Irele LG

APC 12,643

PDP 5,493

ZLP 5,904

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Ile Oluji LG

APC 13,278

PDP 9,231

ZLP 1,971

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Ondo East LG

APC 6,485

PDP 4,049

ZLP 3,221

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Idanre LG

APC 11,286

PDP 7,499

ZLP 3,623

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Owo LG

APC 35.957

PDP 5,311

ZLP 408

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Akoko North East LG

APC 16,572

PDP 8,380

ZLP 3,532

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Akoko South West LG

APC 21,232

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PDP 15,055

ZLP 2,775

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Akoko North West LG

APC 15,809

PDP 10,320

ZLP 3,477

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Akure North LG

APC 9,546

PDP 12,263

ZLP 1,046

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Akoko South East LG

APC 9,419

PDP 4,033

ZLP 2,055

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Akure South LG

APC 17,277

PDP 47,627

ZLP 2,236

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Ose LG

APC 15,122

PDP 8,421

ZLP 1,083

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Okitipupa LG

APC 19,266

PDP 10,367

ZLP 10,120

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Ondo West LG

APC 15,977

PDP 10,627

ZLP 10,159

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Odigbo LG

APC 23,571

PDP 9,485

ZLP 6,540

 

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#OndoDecides2020: INEC Collates Results In 14 LGAs

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With 2,936 polling units results submitted out of 3,009 units as at 8.16 am, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has completed collation of results in 14 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Ondo State in the governorship held on Saturday, October 10.

Polling, it would be recalled commenced at 8.00 am on the election day and progressed till 4.00 pm. Immediately voting stopped, the Commission began sorting of the ballots and counted same in each polling units.

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The results of the votes scored by each of the political parties were recorded in Form E8 and uploaded to the newly introduced INEC Results Collation Portal, using the Z-Pad technology.

 

With the introduction of the Z-Pad, INEC is some steps away from full-blown electronic election in the country, as the new technology has made collation of election seamless and flawless, with the tendency of hoodlums highjacking election results on the way to collation centres, completely eliminated.

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