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2023: Take advantage of electoral Act, seek political offices – Imo lawmaker to women

Posted by on April 28, 2022 0

2023: Take advantage of electoral Act, seek political offices – Imo lawmaker to women

The Imo State House of Assembly has said womanhood does not inhibit participation in politics, urging women in the state to seek more political offices in 2023.

A member representing the Isu state constituency in the Imo House of Assembly, Mrs Ngozi Obiefule, made the call in Owerri, on Thursday, while reacting to the reduction of prices of nomination forms for intending female aspirants of the party.

Obiefule, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), described the decision as a welcome development which would not only spur women politicians to increase participation but also create the opportunity for gender balancing in politics.

The lawmaker said in the past, she had run two elections under the platform of the APC “but never paid a dime”, and thanked the party for maintaining its legacy of price reduction for women.

“Women have bitterly complained about being marginalised, therefore, the decision to strike out payment of nomination forms for women is a wonderful step in the right direction.

“For example, a woman running for the Federal House of Representatives seat will have to pay only the expression of interest fee of N1m rather than a combined fee of N10m. This is a welcome development ” she said.

She called on women not to be discouraged by the possible financial implications of political campaigns but to channel their energies toward building viable, generally acceptable and achievable manifestos that would attract the support of the electorate.

She said,” womanhood does not inhibit participation in politics. I’m calling on women to take advantage of the amended electoral Act to prove themselves.

“I was the first woman to run for the House of Assembly in my Local Government Area. I had to challenge myself and today, the evidence is clear, women can succeed in politics “.

She further called on Nigerians, especially youths, not to sell their votes but to choose the right persons for the right elective positions, for the general good of the country.

She, however, called for a downward review of the prices of nomination and expression of interest forms to accommodate more well-intentioned intending aspirants.

Recall that the ruling APC had asked its intending female aspirants not to pay for nomination forms but only pay for the expression of interest forms.

2023: Take advantage of electoral Act, seek political offices – Imo lawmaker to women

April 28, 2022

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