Note from the GNDEM Team
On November 6, GNDEM member Ética y Transparencia
, as a member of the Panorama Electoral consortium, observed general elections in Nicaragua. In spite of restrictions and limitations on observers’ right to monitor the elections, Panorama Electoral
deployed 650 observers to all of the country’s municipalities. Observers did not have access to key processes throughout the day, including the vote count and tabulation. Observers reported that in the morning after the election, election results were not visible in 38% of the voting centers observed. In addition, through its observation of the pre-election period, involving 152 long-term observers, Panorama Electoral highlighted significant flaws during the pre-election period
, including a biased electoral management body, widespread abuse of state resources by the ruling party, FSLN, and a lack of genuine competition during the campaign.
GNDEM member Promo-LEX
monitored the second-round of presidential elections in Moldova on November 13. Promo-LEX conducted PVTs for both the first round (held on October 30) and the second round. During the second round, Promo-LEX’s observers found
few cases of violations, with low incidence of violence or busing of voters. The group’s final PVT findings
were in line with the official results from the Central Election Commission.
On November 26, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement
(YIAGA) conducted its first PVT for the Ondo state elections in Nigeria. Through their #WatchingtheVote
initiative, YIAGA deployed 340 stationary and 23 mobile observers to a sample of 300 polling stations every Local Government Area (LGA) in Ondo state. YIAGA’s observers noted
that in 100% of polling units, voting procedures such as marking the voter register and using indelible ink were followed according to INEC protocol. However, observers noted some shortcomings, particularly compromising of the secrecy of ballots in 14% of polling stations, and inconsistencies in the two-step card reader process for verification of voters’ identity. YIAGA’s PVT results
were able to verify the Ondo election results, with projections for the top four candidates within the designated margin of error.