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2023: INEC tasks political parties on women participation

L-R…Director, Gender and Inclusivity Department, INEC, Mrs Lakunnya Bello; National Commissioner/Chairman Outreach Partnership Committee,INEC, Prof. Kunle Ajayi and Chairman, Action Democratic Party and Chairman of IPAC, Engineer Yabagi Sani during the INEC/IRI workshop on political party leaders on women participation in party primaries for 2023 election in Abuja on Monday 16/05/22

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has urged Political Parties to address stereotypes, Vices, and monetization of internal party arrangements that inhibit women’s participation in Political Processes.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Outreach and Partnership Committee, Professor Kunle Ajayi stated this in Abuja during a workshop with political leaders on women’s participation in Party Primaries for the 2023 general election.

He said that time has come for parties to ensure thirty-five percent affirmative action for women through deliberate policies in their individual parties.

The Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Alhaji Yagbagi Sani said that it was regrettable that Nigeria had the lowest representation of women in the parliament in the continent.

He said that IPAC was working with other political parties to ensure gender inclusivity in internal party arrangements.

Alhaji Sani urged more women to participate in the electoral process.

The Acting Director, Gender and Inclusivity in INEC, Dorothy Bello said that the workshop was apt.

In an interview, the Presidential Aspirant for African Action Congress, AAC Caro Nwosu appreciated the International Republican Institute for the capacity building and promised to tackle insecurity, Unemployment and build infrastructure if elected.

Another Aspirant from the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Mrs Angela Johnson said she would ensure food sufficiency and nurture the country back the way mothers nurture their young ones.

Reporting by Ogochukwu Okworonkwo; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino