INEC urges women to get PVC, to actively support women in politics

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has urged women to get registered, collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and participate actively in supporting women seeking elective offices.

Mrs Naomi Yusuf, INEC Gender officer in Bauchi made the call
at a one day symposium to commemorate the 2022 International Women’s day on Tuesday in Bauchi.

She urged women, particularly at the community level, to ensure that they get registered and obtain their permanent voters cards (PVCs).

“To enable them to vote for women seeking elective offices in their respective communities.

“It is disheartening to see women contesting elective offices and never make it beyond the primary elections because they have no support,

“If women can mobilize themselves and support their fellow women, more women will win elective offices which will benefit them in the future,” Mrs Yusuf said.

Our correspondent reports that the symposium was organized by the Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative in collaboration with Actionaid Nigeria.
With the theme” Gender Equality Today for a sustainable Tomorrow’s,”

Also Speaking, Hajiya Maryam Garba the Executive Director Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative(FAWODYI), lamented that the number of women in elective position in the country was very low compared to their male counterparts,

She calls on women to breach the gap by seeking elective offices so that women can get fair representation at the local, state and national level.

Garba explained that the aim of the symposium was to sensitize women on the need for them to break the gender barriers against them by ensuring that more women are in elective offices.

“The number of women we have in our elective offices both at the state and national level is not encouraging at all.

“We are the only one that can change the narrative by supporting ourselves to ensure that we support any woman seeking an elective position” She said

On her part, Mrs Comfort Sulisma, the Special Assistant to the Bauchi state Governor on Special Duties, said that the fear of rejection has hindered so many women from contesting elective offices,

She stressed that so many factors ranging from religion, gender bias, tradition amongst others have made many women hide in their shell without exploring their potential.

Mrs Sulisma noted that women should push for the 35 percent affirmative action to have fair representation at all levels of governments.


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