2019 General Election: Don’t be left out ECES told Nigerian Women
The European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) has called for the active participation of Nigeria women in the electoral process of the country as 2019 General Elections draws closer.
Project Coordinator ECES, Rudolph Elbling, made the call yesterday in Abuja at the National Dialogue with Nigerian Women towards the 2019 Elections organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the European Center for Electoral Support (ECES)
Elbling said the event is organized mainly to update the Nigerian women on INEC’s preparations towards the 2019 elections, and examine what role women can play to participate and improve the conduct of elections. He noted that women constituted about a half of the total voting population and their active participation in the electoral process gives practical expression to the essence of democracy as government of the people, by the people and for the people.
In his words, “I am delighted that this event seeks to update the Nigerian women on INEC’s preparations towards the 2019 election, solicit their inputs and perspectives into the preparations. It is therefore regrettable that over the years, the women have been marginalized in the electoral process and have to contend with systemic and cultural challenges that limit their rights as voters and candidates in elections. The decision of INEC to convene the dialogue is a welcome development in widening the space for improved participation in the electoral process.”
Elbling also said that it will also help examine what role women can play to improve that resolutions at this summit will create synergy and strengthen commitment of all stakeholders towards active and non-active violent conduct of the next elections.
He restated the commitment of ECES to continue to partner with INEC in promoting the participation of women, youth, Person Living with Disabilities and other marginalised groups in the electoral process.
He said that the latest of the sensitization programme was the production of a television documentary on Women and Politics titled Voice of women, to help education Nigerian woman on their roles as we prepare for crucial general election. The television documentary seeks to highlight the challenge and prospects of women participation in the electoral process.
He expressed optimistic that the documentary would serve as an advocacy tool for inspiring concerted action for improved women participation ahead of the 2019 elections and beyond
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mamudu Yakubu, commended women for sensitizing Nigerians on the need to pick up their PVC’s and vote peacefully during the upcoming elections. Mahmud said that INEC was committed to enhancing women’s participation in the 2019 elections. The INEC Chairman, provided answers to mind bugging questions put forward during the dialogue.