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2019: UN Warns Nigeria Against Exclusion Of Female Candidates

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The United Nations human rights experts have cautioned Nigeria against the exclusion of female candidates during the just concluded primaries elections in the state and national level. The chair, UN human rights special procedures, Ms Ivana Radačić who disclosed this in Geneva yesterday enjoined the affected political parties to take urgent steps to remedy the deliberate exclusion. She expressed disappointment with the report of denying female candidates access to essential information on the election, cancelling and rescheduling primaries with the alleged aim of excluding female candidates. Radačić called on federal government to fully investigate the allegations and to ensure that women candidates who have been unfairly or illegally excluded are given access to appropriate remedies. Also speaking, the vice chair of UN body, Ms Meskerem Geset Techane warned the relevant authorities to avoid the repetition of such irregularities in the 2019 general elections.

She condemned the use of violence and intimidation to keep women out of politics, just as she advocated that the perpetrators of such violence should be arrested and punished. The special rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Ms Dubravka Šimonović hinted that ensuring women’s full and equal participation in politics and in public life is captured by international human rights law. This she said its in recognition of Nigeria’s National Gender Policy which specified that women should fill 35 per cent of elective and appointive political posts, regretting that such measures has not been implemented.



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