Chief Executive Officer, Gender and Election Watch Room of the Nigeria Women Trust Fund, Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi briefing Journalists at the Occasion.
Photo; Tanimu Salihu/Radio Nigeria
The Gender and Election Watch Room has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies to ensure maximum security for female candidates to protect them against intimidation and harassment in subsequent elections.
The Group also wants INEC to consolidate on the gains recorded in the just concluded election to improve on subsequent elections and enhance the nation’s electoral system.
The Chief Executive Officer, Gender and Election Watch Room of the Nigeria Women Trust Fund, Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi in a Post-Election news conference in Abuja, explained that the conduct of the 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections was largely peaceful and witnessed the resilience of many Nigerians.
Mrs Fijabi said the turnout of women in the election shows the commitment of women to electoral process and democratic system.
“We are also worried at the kind of violence experienced by some female candidates and the electorate and condemn it in very strong terms while calling upon relevant security agencies to take action to forestall future occurrence.” She said
Mrs Fijabi expressed concern over pockets of disruption of electoral process, slow and untimely upload of results on the INEC portal as well as violence against some female candidates.
Reporting by Tanimu Salihu; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare