71% of Nigerians believe elections will be free and fair – NOIPolls

By Post Nigeria January 30, 2015 08:00 Updated

71% of Nigerians believe elections will be free and fair – NOIPolls

A survey conducted on April 14th, 2014 by NOIPolls Limited reveals that 71% of Nigerians believe the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will conduct a free and fair election this year.

NOIPolls while conducting a series of surveys, asked respondents, “Do you think INEC will conduct a free and fair election come the 2015 general elections?”

The analysis based on geo-political zones reveals that South-East zone, at 81%, has the highest proportion of Nigerians who think INEC will conduct a free and fair election in 2015, followed closely by North-East zone with 74%.

It also revealed that more female than male respondents think INEC will conduct free and fair elections, in a ratio of 77% to 66%.

NOI, which has conducted several surveys focusing on state issues in the past, released a statistical report, the first of its kind, in its “Countdown to 2015 elections series”.

The report reveals that 22% said, “God will help them”, 21% said INEC had “Credibility in past elections”, 26% of Nigerians submitted that “INEC should do the right thing without bias”, 22% opined that “Adequate security should be put in place” and 14% of them said “INEC should be absolutely independent” in order to ensure a free and fair election in the 2015 elections series.

INEC Electoral Commissioners have continued to assure Nigerians that the necessary mechanisms to ensure a free and fair election are being put in place.

Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC chairman, has pointed out that the Commission is mindful of its own operational effectiveness and best practices towards a free and fair election.