WorldStage Newsonline– Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to sustain partnership with Nigerian women.
Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, the Chairman said on Wednesday in Abuja during Women National Dialogue with the INEC Chairman in preparation for the upcoming general elections that the commission was a gender-friendly one, giving the assurance that it was committed to equality and inclusion.
He said the commission would continue to support the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and encourage women participation in politics.
“When women carry messages , everyone listens and we hope that the message that women carry will maintain peace during elections.
“We have always encouraged women to participate in politics and how can you progress if the majority of the populace are the majority.
“I also hope that after the elections, all of us will meet again to celebrate,” he said.
He gave the assurance that women would have unprecedented access to early voting, especially the nursing mothers, pregnant women, older persons and those persons living with disabilities.
He, therefore, reaffirmed that elections would not be manipulated by the use of voters identification number as being speculated.
In his speech, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, the National Commissioner in charge of Outreach and Committee of INEC, said some freedoms enjoyed today were made possible by the likes of Queen Amina.
He noted that women were not less important today especially in public decision making.
Also, Mr Rudolph Elbling, Project Coordinator European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) said women constituted about half of the total voting population in Nigeria.
Elbling said that the national women dialogue was a welcome development in widening the space for improved participation in the electoral process.