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78% of Nigerians don’t trust INEC to deliver credible election ~Poll

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A joint report by NOI Polls, Afrobarometer, and CDD Ghana has shown that 78 percent of Nigerians have little confidence in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deliver credible elections while only 23 percent trust the electoral body.

The report, titled “Nigerians want competitive elections but don’t trust the electoral commission,” which was published on Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 598, also revealed that trust in INEC had decreased by 12 percent since 2017.

The NOIPolls-led Afrobarometer team in Nigeria said it interviewed a “nationally representative, random, stratified probability sample” of 1,600 adult Nigerians between March 5 and March 31, 2022.

A sample of this size “yields country-level results with a margin of error of +/-2.5 percentage points at a 95% confidence level,” according to the research network.

The organization previously conducted standard surveys in Nigeria in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2020.

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INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu has repeatedly assured Nigerians that their votes will be counted in the 2023 elections, assuring them that the season of rigging is over.

“In addition to reservations about election quality, one red flag for Nigeria’s upcoming elections is citizens’ weak trust in the Independent National Electoral Commission,” a part of the report read.

The report headlined by NOIPolls’ Head of Social Research, Raphael Mbaegbu, and Afro barometer’s Coordinator for Anglophone West and North Africa also showed that trust in INEC had been “fairly weak throughout the past two decades” and had “declined by 12 percentage points since 2017.”

“Popular trust in the INEC is a central issue, and distrust is a major concern, especially in the southern states.

“The upcoming election is an opportunity for the electoral management body to regain the trust of the electorate by proving itself independent, credible, and competent,” the report added.

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