- The Nigerian Women's Trust Fund has released a rather disturbing statistics
- The stats are based on the just concluded governorship election in Ondo state
- The results from the Ondo election are not encouraging for the female folk to say the least
NAIJ.com has obtained the gender assessment of the just concluded 2016 election in Ondo state gathered by the Nigerian Women's Trust Fund.
The group had joined other Civil Society Organisations' (CSOs) coalition in the The Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room to observe the election.
Women Fund focused on the gender representation of the election across board.
1. Of the average turn-out of 584,997 (35.3%) voters of 1,659,186 registered voters, females recorded 839,548 (50.6%) of the total number of registered voters while the male recorded 819,638 (49.4%)
2. The ration of male to female security personnel deployed to the polling units was estimated at 1:20, with some of the polling units recording no female security personnel.
3. Out of the 28 political parties, the state recorded only 4 (14%) female governorship aspirants and 5 (18%) female deputy governorship aspirants, none of which represented any of the foremost political parties.
4. A total of six (6) valid votes was shared amongst the four (4) female governorship candidates: Margaret Modupe Oguntoku of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Oluyi Folashade Hellen of African People's Alliance (APA), Falana Olamide Juliana of Democratic People's Party (DPP) and Orunmoluyi Temidola Olagbegi of People's Party of Nigeria (PPN).
The fund enjoined all stakeholders to:
1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should continue to sensitize voters for subsequent elections.
2. Political parties should field more female candidates for gender parity and embrace the twinning system to engender inclusion
3. CSOs should continually engage the electorate to appreciate women's role in governance and the uniqueness they bring to the decision making table
4. Government should make good promises made during campaigns to consider fair gender representation into appointive positions
5. Security agencies should deploy more female personnel in future elections
6. Female aspirants and candidates should start early to engage their constituencies and leverage on the popularity of their parties
7. Traditional and religious leaders should start early to engage their constituencies and leverage on the popularity of their parties
8. Traditional and religious leaders should support female leadership for sustainable development