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
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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
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.