Women Representation In Governance, Leadership Low - INEC chairman
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has described as worrisome the low representation of women in governance and leadership
Yakubu said this during the Public Presentation of a report on the 2019 general election by the Nigerian Women's Trust Fund (NWTF) in Ibadan.
According to him, there was no doubt that effective participation of women in the electoral matters was crucial.
Represented by Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, INEC National Commissioner, Yakubu said: “This has become worrisome".
“Women's participation in governance and leadership is not only essential prerequisite for removing gender inequality but also the attainment of basic human rights”.
"During the elections, only five out of the 73 candidates who ran for the position of president were women.
"1,668 men and 232 women vied for the 109 senatorial seats, while 4,139 men and 533 women contested for 360 seats in the House of Representatives.
"At the end of the election, only seven women won senatorial seats and 11 were elected into the House of Representatives, while four were elected as deputy governors."
Yakubu said that the huge efforts made by INEC to support the participation of women in the electoral process did not succeed in addressing the decline of women's representation in politics.
The INEC boss assured participants of the commission's efforts to advance the electoral process and pledged to consider recommendations in the report and those already submitted to INEC. (NAN)