Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections: Voter Education from a Gender Perspective Nigerian Women Trust Fund

This report on voter education from a gender perspective describes the activities conducted by
the Nigerian Women Trust Fund in partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy with
funds from the European Union under the #OurVotesCountNG” project initiated under the umbrella
body of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN). The report
details the targeted implemented strategies by NWTF to facilitate women’s participation, namely
women-only voter education training, gender specialized step – down training on key voter education
messages for women in rural communities, and election observation from a gender perspective. The
information is specific to supporting women in elections Furthermore, it provides briefs on the role
of Electoral Bodies, political parties, the media, security agencies concerning advancing gender
responsiveness, transparency, and accountability in the electoral process. All activities were aimed
at enhancing the participation of women in electoral processes with a focus on the 2019 General
Elections in Nigeria. It is not exhaustive.
Key insights from the report show that the legal framework governing the 2019 General Elections
remained almost identical to that of the 2015 elections, providing enough basis for the conduct of an
electoral process in line with most international and regional commitments.
Five concurrent elections took place in Nigeria between February 23 and March 9, 2019, for
the Presidency, National Assembly, Governorship, State House of Assembly, Council Chairpersons,
and Councilors (FCT). A total of 73 candidates vied for the Presidential elections out of which
6 were women while a total of 22 women contested for Vice president. For elections into the
National Assembly, there was a total of 802 female candidates representing 11.66% of the total
6,483 candidates. 233 women representing 12.6% of candidates contested for a seat in the Senate
while 569 women representing 12.3% of the c