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General Elections: INEC Moves To Checkmate Violence Against Women, Persons With Disabilities 0 0
GIST -  General Elections: INEC Moves To Checkmate Violence Against Women, Persons With Disabilities
    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says
it is putting in place measures that will help mitigate all
forms of violence against women and persons living with
disabilities on voting day.
INEC’s resident electoral commissioner in Kaduna State,
Abdullahi Kaugama, disclosed this at a seminar on
mitigating violence against women in the 2019 elections
organised for Non-Governmental Organizations in the
Kaduna state capital.
He emphasizes that enlightening women on the voting
processes ahead of the polls will enable them to make
informed decisions.
Over the years, women, children and even people with
disabilities are often the major casualties whenever there
is an outbreak of violence especially during elections.
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In its seminar tagged “Mitigating Violence Against Women In
The Electoral Process”, the electoral umpire sought to
understand specific forms and levels of electoral violence
women face during the electoral process, either as
candidates, supporters or voters.
Among the participants were INEC officials, Civil Society
Organizations, the National Council of Women Societies and
security agencies.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Kaduna
state, who noted that women and children are more
vulnerable to violence, said the sensitization programme will
also avail the participants the opportunity to understand
the women perspective on violence during elections with a
view to finding ways of mitigating it.
The representative of the Kaduna state commissioner of
police said the command is working closely with other
security agencies to protect the electorates and also
identify the perpetrators of violence on women aimed at
strengthening female participation in the electoral process.
Speaking of the importance of the seminar, some of the
participants were of the opinion that more women are
getting more involved in the country’s electoral process,
consequently falling prey and becoming victims of violence.
They, however, called for concerted action.
According to INEC, the participants at the programme were
trained to understand the effectiveness of state and non-
state institutional mechanisms in providing redress for
female victims of electoral violence, and also expected to in
turn sensitise the public on the need to desist from violence
during the forthcoming polls in the state.


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