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 “INEC should do the right thing without bias” (26 percent), “Adequate security should be put in place” (22 percent) and “INEC should be absolutely independent” 14 percent) in order to ensure a free and fair election.
Respondents to the poll were asked some specific questions. They were mainly asked, “Do you think INEC will conduct a free and fair election come 2015 general election?” 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 voters’ cards, prompting to calls by some government officials and civil society to defer the elections.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY