Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lagos - A larger proportion of Nigerian voters believe the just-ended governorship elections were poorly conducted compared to the presidential elections held earlier.
This is according to snap poll results conducted by a regional firm.
NOIPOlls established that 39 percent of local voters are of the idea the April 11 polls were poorly conducted than the March 28/29 presidential polls.
“This perception may have been stimulated by the reports of violence, manipulations, allegations of massive rigging and falsification of results which led to cancellations, hence, inconclusive polls in some states (Imo, Abia and Taraba) during the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections,” NOIpolls established.
The firm said nevertheless, the vast majority of voters reported that the April 11h gubernatorial/state elections were free and fair.
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This was regardless of gender, age and geo-political zones; though the South-East zone accounted for the highest proportion of voters (22 percent) who claimed the elections were not free and fair. Additionally, a higher proportion of Nigerians (79 percent) who voted in the April 11 elections, rated security as good in their various localities during the elections.
Furthermore, findings revealed that almost all the respondents (92 percent) who voted in the gubernatorial/state house of assembly election also voted in the presidential/senatorial election; and of this proportion, majority (56 percent) elections reported that the functionality of the card reader was better in the April 11 elections than the March 28 elections; that the functionality of the card reader was much better in the April 11 elections than the March 28 elections.
About 6 050 candidates contested the gubernatorial and the state house of assembly elections which held 11th April, 2015 across 29 states in Nigeria, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Out of the contestants, 760 candidates contested for the governorship positions while 5 290 candidates contested for the State House of Assembly positions.
The Governorship election did not hold in Edo, Anambra, Ondo, Ekiti, Bayelsa, Osun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections were greeted with some challenges such as the late arrival of electoral materials and INEC staff at some polling units, as well as not being able to operate the Smart Card Readers (SCR) by some of the INEC’s ad-hoc staff.
The commission showed its readiness to resolve those technical glitches, prevent and reduce all the election risks to the minimum with a zero tolerance for electoral offenders.
Meanwhile, the opinion poll was conducted in the week of April 20 involving 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 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” said NOIPolls.