Women play a significant role in nation building – INEC


Resident electoral commissioner of Independent Electoral Commission, (INEC) Bayelsa State, Dr Emmanuel Alex Hart has said women play a significant role in nation building.

Dr Alex who stated this when Standup for Women Society, SWS Bayelsa paid an advocacy visit to him in Yenagoa, averred that, women are very caring they are responsible for making our society good.

He further said that, he could remember how his elder sister took the responsibility of taking care of him, paying his school fees and other things.

He said, “any where a woman is she is always successful, and will partner with the association, so they can disseminate information about the forthcoming election.”

Head of Department publicity/voter education, Mr Wilfred Ifogah, said the REC has soft heart for the woman, and he takes any issue seriously’ about them.

He further disclose that last year they have expansion of collation centres, that before it was one thousand five hundred and forty four (1544, (now its two thousand two hundred and forty four.

According to him Bayelsa State has sixty seven percent invalid registration, due to those who have lost their cards or have not collected it, can result to it.

There will be harmonization with the association, in other to make people aware of the program like the market and Churches.

The Chairperson of Standup for Women Society, SWS, Bayelsa State chapter, Liberator Eunice Nnachi said, the essence of the advocacy visit is to discuss ways Bayelsa SWS can partner with INEC, to strengthen support for adequate registration collection of voters’ card and ensure a socially inclusive election through implementation of policies and program for the forthcoming election.

The need for Nigeria, especially Bayelsa State is to be actively involved in the process to the forthcoming general election, it is no doubt the commission has enjoyed tremendous support from many development in both the pre and post election periods.

“We promise to adequately use the existing structure of the SWS at all levels to carry out political awareness and sensitization campaign in order to make sure that the good people of Bayelsa are not left out in the scheme of things.

“We therefore, urge the Commission to partner with us and see that SWS is kept abreast of the commission’s activities as they unfold. This is because our mandate is to support this commission in actualizing their electoral mandates and activities.