- INEC has released the numbers of those that are expected to vote in the 2019 general elections in Gombe state
- The electoral body also encouraged more women to participate in politics in the state as their current political activity is poor
- INEC also said there is only one female out of the 32 governorship candidates in the state contesting in the forthcoming general elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said 1,394,393 voters are expected to take part in the February 16 and March 2 general elections in Gombe state.
Malama Maryam Gana, INEC acting head of department, voter education and publicity, in the state made this known on Friday, February 8, in Gombe state at a town hall meeting, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The meeting was held between INEC, Women Groups and Gender Focused Civil Society Organisations in the state.
Gana said the increase in eligible voters following the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) had resulted in increase in number of voting points from 2,471 to 2,988 to ease congestion.
She said: “As at February 6,280, 508 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have been printed and distributed in the state.
“Out of the number, 197,705 have so far been collected by 124,399 male and 73,306 female, leaving a balance of 82,803."
Gana decried poor participation of women in politics, noting that they have key role to play in electoral process in the country in view of their population.
According to her, out of the 32 governorship candidates in the state, only one is female.
“For senatorial candidates, there are 45 males and six females, while in the House of Representatives, there are 68 males and eight females.
“The State House of Assembly has 253 males and 18 females, so, the women need to do more,” she said.
Hajiya Zuriyatu Abubakar, the chief executive officer, Wildan Care Foundation, said there was need for women to come out and vote in the forthcoming election. She added that women in Nigeria have the right to determine who should lead the country.
She said: “We have the power to determine who leads us in Nigeria and Gombe state. Many do not know that is why we have remained in our shells. We must enlighten them on the rationale to participate, as well as suggest strategies to enhance women participation.
“This is why the foundation is partnering with INEC to drive the enhancement of women participation in political decision making."
Ibrahim Yusuf, chairman, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the state advised women to educate their children and youths to jettison acts of violence in during the election.
Bashemath Umar, vice-president 1, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Gombe state chapter said women had been educating their children and would continue to do.
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Umar expressed confidence that the election would be violence-free in the state. She lauded women who had secured nomination to participate in the election, adding that the gesture would encourage more women to participate in future elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC was asked by the Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to postpone elections in the state.
The APC in the state had been disqualified by the electoral commission from taking part in the elections in the state over the crisis which affected the party’s primaries.
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