By Ere-ebi Agedah
As Nigerians are getting ready for the 2023 general elections, a new public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls has revealed that 69 percent of adult Nigerians are certain their votes will count during the 2023 general elections, adding that INEC should ensure safety at all pooling units.
This, according to the respondent, is mainly because they will monitor their votes at their polling units.
The poll also revealed that 10 percent of Nigerians stated that it is because they trust the Independence National Electoral Commission, INEC while another 10 percent stated that their votes will count because of the new electoral law.
In addition, 93 percent of Adult Nigerians are looking forward to voting in the 2023 general elections as 80 percent nationwide claimed that they already have their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, while 9 percent stated that they have registered but have not collected their PVCs.
‘‘with regards to the most important procedure INEC should put in place to ensure a free and fair election in the 2023 general elections, 27 percent disclosed that INEC should be transparent in all its electoral processes while 23 percent recommended that INEC should ensure that more security agents are present in all the polling units across the country.
‘‘Also, INEC should ensure that more security agents are present in all polling units across the country, efficient functionality of the Smart Card Readers, banning vote buying, ensuring early arrival of election materials and for INEC to make PVCs ready for collection, amongst other submissions’’
NOIPolls however explained that adequate preparation should be conducted by INEC to ensure that the election is credible and free from irregularities as the survey reveals key findings from the series of the monthly Countdown to the 2023 general election polls.