Ahead of tomorrow’s Local Governments and Local Council Development Area Elections, in Lagos State, the Women’s Situation Room Nigeria, says it will engage in observing and monitoring the polls.
Its National Coordinator, Joy Onyesoh, said women had a lot of role to play in National Development, stressing that Gender inequality had been the major barrier facing women in participation in politics.
Onyesoh who gave the assertion today at Stakeholders’s meeting held in Ikeja, said Gender sensitive election observation would build synergy between Government, Media and Civil Society Organisations.
She stated that it would promote participation of women in election and create an enabling environment for women’s rights to be actualized.
In the same vein, National Network Coordinator Nigeria, Bridget Osakwe, said women’s right needed to be protected across the polling units.
Osakwe said the organisation had trained twenty people to serve as election observers, adding that five people had been selected by the INEC to give adequate report of the election.
She also implored citizens of Lagos State to exercise their civic responsibility,maintain law and order,as well as have zero tolerance for violence.