INEC To Implement Gender Policy For 2015 General Elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced plans to implement a recently approved gender policy that will ensure the interests of women are promoted, protected and defended starting from the 2015 elections.
At a meeting held on Friday with a women advocacy group led by the Minister for Women Affairs, Zainab Maina, the INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, said the electoral commission would not condone the exclusion of women in the electoral process especially at the party level.
He also said “no country records success in economic development and progress without creating an enabling environment for women”, pointing out that women make up a percentage of the electorate that Nigeria cannot afford to ignore.
In her speech, Mrs Maina urged the electoral commission to intervene in the processes so that women and persons living with disabilities are not schemed out or intimidated in the political process.