The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to continue to promote women’s interests and partner with them for free, fair, credible and inclusive elections.
This was contained in a statement by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Tuesday in Abuja.
The statement said, “INEC joins millions of Nigerian women and their counterparts all over the world to celebrate this special day in recognition of their huge sacrifice to nation building, the sustenance of democracy and preservation of family values in the country.
“This year’s theme: ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’, aligns with the Commission’s acknowledgment of the importance of inclusivity.
“It also aligns with the need to encourage active participation of women in the electoral process.
“It was for this reason that the Commission created a special Department of Gender and Inclusivity to pay adequate attention to the interests of women.
“The Commission has also been impressing it on all registered political parties in Nigeria to promote greater access by women to elective offices.
“The Commission will continue to promote their interests and partner with them for free, fair, credible and inclusive elections.”