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Polling can reduce election violence, says expert

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Lagos-based pollster and CEO of Datavision Limited, Mfon Eyoma, has said that polling has multiple benefits in a democracy especially in developing nations like Nigeria.

Eyoma, a chartered accountant disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday. The ex-banker further stated that polling creates the avenue for public participation and a sense of involvement in governance, especially when leveraged by honest politicians. According to him, credible polls prepare the minds of both candidates and voters for the outcome of a general election and therefore, can help arrest the spontaneous anger that lead to electoral violence. However, like the actual elections, polls are only credible if many voters participate and the results are verifiable.

The ex-banker, who promised to use his company to help enhance the integrity of the 2019 polls, explained the firm’s unique methodology.

“We have replicated the electoral system of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and designed the ‘register of voters’ to capture all details. Under the state of origin and state of residence, we identify the voter by local government area, ward, state and federal constituencies and senatorial districts. Nigerians abroad will be able to equally participate in the polls. When we analyze poll results by these fields, we are able to predict a candidate’s chances at the general elections with more reliable intelligence.

All registration fields are non-mandatory but although non-registered or partially-registered users may also vote in the polls, we will know and disclose their numbers separately in our poll results,” he said.


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