The Independent National Electoral Commission is not happy with the very few participation of young females in the electoral process of Nigeria.
The Deputy Director, Gender Division, INEC, Mrs. Blessing Obidiegwu revealed this yesterday during the sensitization forum for young female voters towards the governorship election in Bayelsa State.
According to her, they must also make their impact felt to aid democracy in the country.
Her words, “Analysis of participants in our previous elections shows that not many young females take active part in the electoral process as voters, candidates, observers or election administrators.
“This group deserves the opportunity to bring their perspective to bear and make their impact felt by getting actively involved in various electoral roles of their choice as a way of deepening our democracy and making it more inclusive.”
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Mr. Festus Okoye also saidyoung girls were part of the estimated 48% of Nigeria’s female population.
His words, “We have designed ways to reach this group of women who are still young with great energy.”
“The commission is interested in engaging them in active politics to enrich our electoral system. This has become imperative considering the sharp decrease in the number of women who won elective positions in 2019 general elections.”
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