In continuation of its observatory role in the 2019 General Elections  and playing a critical role to provide Nigerians with accurate information on the gender responsiveness  of the electoral process, the NWTF GEW has been following up on the supplementary elections through its deployed observers from a gender, transparent and accountable perspective.

Against the above background, NWTF GEW has noted with concerns the increased voter inducement, violence, attack of female electoral officials and the militarization of the electoral environment in the 23 March 2019 supplementary elections for Governorship, State House of Assembly and Area Council Elections. These concerns have severe implications for Nigeria’s democracy from a gender perspective.

NWTF GEW observes as follows:

–           That the violent attack on and shooting of Professor Dooshima Comfort Tuleun is a further confirmation of the dangerous dimension the electoral space is becoming for women. We recall that during the presidential election some female electoral officials were raped and violently attacked.

–           That there was perceived voter inducement which voters including women who came out to vote fell for.

–           That women who braved some of the militarized polling units were intimidated and prevented from voting in some of the polling units.

NWTF GEW condemns in strong terms the new violent trend and attack on women in the electoral space and calls on all relevant stakeholders to act fast to investigate and bring to justice all perpetrators of these acts and in order not to loose, completely, the gains made over the years on mobilizing for women’s active participation in the electoral process as officials, candidates and as voters.

And in addition, INEC and relevant institutions should step up action to combat any form of voter inducement in Nigeria’s electoral process.

GEW also reiterates it earlier calls on the security agencies not to militarize the electoral environment.

About NWTF GEW:

The Gender and Election Watch (GEW) is an initiative of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF). The GEW is aimed at observing and analyzing the participation of women compared to men in elections through electoral assessment and election observation from a gender and accountability perspective.

GEW is also a response to inadequate women focused election observation report and analysis for the female gender and an assessment of how all elements of an election process affect women in general and their access to the benefits of governance. Similarly, GEW is intended to serve as a research spectrum for other program interventions by providing a comprehensive focus on how women engage with the electoral process as electorates on election days.

GEW Hotlines: +234-9062782773, 9062782774, 9062782779

 

Signed:

Mufuliat Fijabi

Chief Executive Officer

For Gender and Election Watch (GEW) Room

of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF).

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