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Majority confident of security during 2015 polls

26 August 2014, 15:10

Lagos - About 80 percent of the local adult population is confident the country’s forces would be up to the task of maintaining security during next year’s general election.

This is according to findings of a survey conducted by NOIPolls Limited, which suggest more than half the population of adult are of the opinion that the emergency rule imposed on three states in the North-East region should be lifted during the 2015 elections.

Interestingly, the latter stance was mainly advocated by a high majority (72 percent) of respondents from the North-East zone, which has states including Borno, Yobe and Adamawa under emergency rule.

“Moreover, the majority of adult Nigerians (79 percent) have faith in the ability of the Nigerian security agencies to preserve law and order during the 2015 elections,” NOIPolls, the West African think-tank stated.

Nonetheless, findings also revealed that the majority (40 percent) of respondents interviewed believe it will be “somewhat safe” for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct elections in states under the emergency rule.

Further assessment on the anticipated level of security during the 2015 elections revealed that Nigerians (68 percent) expect nothing less than a “very secure” vicinity during this period.

Also read: Jonathan: Terrorism will not hinder 2015 elections

However a fair proportion of respondents from the North-East zone (22 percent) anticipate an insecure vicinity during the 2015 election.

The opinion poll was conducted in the week of August 18 to 22.

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 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” NOIPolls stated.

– CAJ News


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