2015 Elections: Less than 800 women emerge as candidates – INEC

By Post Nigeria December 25, 2014 06:00

2015 Elections: Less than 800 women emerge as candidates – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, while speaking at a one-day workshop on Gender and Conflict Sensitive Reporting in the Electoral Process revealed that less than 800 women emerged from the primaries of political parties ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Chris Iyiomoga an INEC National Commissioner speaking at the workshop in Abuja said that, “the Commission recently presented to the public, INEC’s Gender Policy (IGP). With this policy, we hope the stage is set for the sensitization of the public on the implementation of the document. We are also confident that the media practitioners have a key role in the actualization of this policy.”

Iyimoga said, “The objective of the INEC Gender Policy, among others, is informed by the historic disadvantage faced by women in Nigeria in civil, political, social, economic and cultural spheres, and the recognition of the direct correlation between the condition and position of women in the country and the level of its national development,”

The Commission also noted that in terms of promoting women’s transition from aspirants to candidates, many political parties have not marched their verbal commitments with corresponding actions.