The Electoral Hub, an organ of the Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development (IRIAD), has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) for creating a Gender and Inclusivity Department (GID) in the commission.
The hub lauded the actions of INEC in a statement released by its Team Leader, Princess Hamman-Obels, adding that the new department would promote the inclusion of marginalised groups such as women, youths, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the electoral process.
The group noted that having been under the Voter Education and Publicity Department (VEP), the VEP had previously been saddled with too many responsibilities, resulting in a poor state of electoral inclusion.
It however added that the creation of two separate departments, one for voter education and another for electoral inclusion, would lead to a clearer delineation of functions.
Furthermore, it stated that the GID will provide room for deeper engagement and inclusion of women, youths, PWDs, IDPs, and other marginalised groups in the electoral process.