Abuja - Latest snap poll results suggest Nigerians have expressed mixed opinions regarding the postponement of the general elections.
According to the survey NOIPolls conducted Nigerians are evenly divided in support for (41 percent) and against (41 percent) the postponement of the general elections while 18 percent of Nigerians were indifferent about the postponement.
Further analysis revealed that while the North-East and North-West geopolitical zones had the highest proportion of respondents who were not in support of the postponement (49 percent each), more respondents in the South-South zone were in support of the postponement (57 percent).
According to NOIPolls, a significant proportion of those in support of the postponement were of the opinion that the extension would grant more people the opportunity to collect their permanent voters cards (PVCs) (25 percent).
Other reasons cited included ‘Security Concerns’ (20 percent) and to ‘Allow INEC time for Adequate Preparation’ (20 percent) amongst other reasons.
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On the other hand, respondents not in support of the postponement mainly cited ‘Disruption of people’s plans’ (22 percent) as a reason for not supporting the postponement.
Also some Nigerians reported the postponement ‘Has postponed our expectation for Change’ (19 percent) and to ‘Gives room for election rigging’ among other reasons.
In conclusion, the findings from this current poll have revealed that majority of Nigerians (93 percent) were aware of postponement of the 2015 general elections from March 28 and April 11.
The opinion poll was conducted on Monday. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. A total of 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” NOIPolls stated.