13 November 2019

The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) Gender and Election Watch (GEW) Room has noticed with concern all politically motivated actions leading to aggressions and unnecessary tensions in the lead up to the November 16, 2019 Governorship election and the possible consequences on the participation of women and men in the scheduled election.

The Gender and Election Watch Room is disturbed about the impact of this situation on all female candidates in the elections and female voters in particular and therefore joins other women’s organizations, groups and critical stakeholders in voicing concerns about politically motivated attacks on persons and properties which  remain a threat to consolidating democracy and peaceful electoral process in Nigeria. Trends of violence and intimidation affect women’s most basic right to equal participation and representation in public life.

The Gender and Election Watch (GEW) therefore urges all actors to refrain from undemocratic and unpatriotic actions while security agents continue to ensure that the atmosphere is calm to enable the ease of participation of all citizens especially women in the elections.

The Gender and Elections Watch (GEW) Room further urges all eligible voters in Kogi State to have faith in the electoral system and turn out on in their multitudes on Saturday 16 November 2019 to cast their votes.

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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