Systematic citizen efforts have successfully deterred election manipulation and exposed shortcoming in elections in Africa.
This is contained in a statement issued by 11 observer groups from nine African countries after a virtual dialogue on evolving role of the Parallel Vote Tabulations (PVT) in ensuring credible elections across the continent.
The virtual dialogue was convened by CODE O/CDD-Ghana and Yiaga Africa with support from the National Democratic Institute.
The participants said citizens engagements have also built confidence in electoral processes where warranted on the continent.
PVT is a proven methodology employed by nonpartisan citizens’ observers to independently verify official election results, it is based on systematic assessments of voting and counting processes.
Participating in the virtual dialogue were leaders from: Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Malawi; Christian Churches Monitoring Group(CCMG) of Zambia and Coalition of Domestic Election Observers/Center for Democratic Development (CODEO/CDD-Ghana) of Ghana.
Others are Elections Observation Group (ELOG) of Kenya; Election Resource Centre(ERC) of Zimbabwe; Indigo of Côte d’Ivoire; Mourakiboun of Tunisia and National Election Watch(NEW) of Sierra Leone, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of Malawi; Yiaga Africa of Nigeria and Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that since the first PVT in Africa in the 1990s, citizen observers from the nine countries have conducted over 25 national PVTs. (NAN)