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Majority upbeat of credible elections, survey suggests

2015-01-26 20:32
A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Lagos - Findings from a survey a regional polling organisation embarked on suggest the majority of Nigerians were optimistic the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct credible elections next month.

According to NOIPolls, the organisation, 71 percent of locals were upbeat the polls would be free and fair.

Nigerians have nonetheless submitted that ³INEC should do the right thing without bias² (26 percent), ³Adequate security should be put in place² (22 percent) and ³INEC should be absolutely independent² 14 percent) in order to ensure a free and fair election.

Respondents to the poll were asked some specific questions.

Also read: INEC reaffirms commitment to credible elections

They were mainly asked, ³Do you think INEC will conduct a free and fair election come 2015 general election?²

Findings reveal that that the majority (71 percent) of respondents think INEC will conduct a free and fair election in 2015 while 29 percent of the respondents responded negatively indicating they do not think INEC will succeed in this regard.

Analysis based on geo-political zones reveals that the South-East zone (81 percent) had the highest proportion of Nigerians who think INEC will conduct a free and fair election in 2015. This is followed by the North-East zone with 74 percent.

In addition, more female than male respondents (77 percent versus 66 percent) think INEC will conduct a free and fair election.

INEC has come under criticism for the problems around the distribution of permanent voters¹ cards, prompting to calls by some government officials and civil society to defer the elections. ­


- CAJ News
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