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Political parties urged to increase women’s participation

Political parties in Nigeria have been urged to review their constitutions to allow 30 per cent women participation in elective positions to encourage more women in politics.

Speaking at the third distinguished personality lecture organized by the University of Ilorin Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, titled, “Patriarchy and female participation in politics in Nigeria” held  in Ilorin, Kwara state, Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mallam Attahiru Madami, canvassed more space for women participation in politics.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, applauded the National Assembly for adopting direct primaries for choosing political party’s flag bearers.

He also identified violence and money as two major factors that drive women away from politics.

In a remark, the Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede said the adoption of gender politics by government would encourage more women participation in politics.

Reporting by Rabiu Muhammad; Edited by Adeniyi Bakare