2023 Election Gender Equality Headline News Nigeria

Election: Group harps on protecting rights of female candidates

The Chief Executive Officer Gender and Election Watch Room of the Nigeria Women Trust Fund Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi

Photo: Tanimu Salihu/Radio Nigeria

The Gender and Election Watch Room of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund, says Nigeria cannot achieve inclusive democracy without active participation of women in democratic and governance Processes.

The Chief Executive Officer Gender and Election Watch Room, Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi at a post elections news conference in Abuja, alleged that the delay that characterized the announcement of the inconclusive governorship election in Adamawa was because the polls was keenly contested with a female candidate.

Mrs Fijabi, explained that political violence witnessed in some polling units in some states made many women to stay away from voting because of the perceived atmosphere of insecurity.

The group who called on stakeholders in electoral process to uphold the rights of female candidates in all elections, said it will not tolerate any effort to truncate the emergence of female candidates.

The Gender and Election Watch Room also condemned the banning of INEC accredited observers by some governors to observe the election.

Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi, while commending INEC for early arrival of materials and personnel to polling units, tasked security agencies to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just concluded polls.

Reporting by Tanimu Salihu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade