As the 2015 general elections draw close with tensions mounting in some volatile part of the country, there have been doubts on the possibility of a free, fair and peaceful elections.
However, NOIPolls Limited in its latest poll result titled, Countdown to the 2015 Election Poll, has revealed that55percent of adult Nigerians are advocating for the removal of the emergency rule imposed on three states in the North-East region during the 2015 elections.
In order to seek the views of Nigerians regarding security issues during the 2015 general elections, the company which is a leading firm for country specific polling services in West Africa, which works in technical partnership with the Gallup Organisation, USA, started the 2015 General Elections poll in April 2013 which is now in its fifth series.
The demand for the removal of emergency rule in the three states was mainly advocated by a high majority (72 percent) of respondents from the North-East zone (which has states like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa under emergency rule). However, the slight majority across all the Southern regions feel the emergency rule should still prevail.[eap_ad_2]
The findings also revealed that the majority (40percent) of respondents interviewed believe it will be “somewhat safe” for the 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 (68percent)expect nothing less than a “very secure” vicinity during this period, however a fair proportion of respondents from the North-East zone (22percent) anticipate an insecure vicinity during the 2015 election.
Meanwhile, majority of adult Nigerians (79percent of respondents) have faith in the ability of the Nigerian security agencies to preserve law and order during the 2015 elections.
Respondents to the poll were asked questions to gauge their expectation on degree of security in their vicinity during the elections, state of emergency in the North East and possible security there during the elections, ability of Nigerian security agencies in ensuring peaceful elections among others.[eap_ad_3]