The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the commission is partnering with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Gombe State to encourage women participation in the forthcoming elections.

Mrs Maryam Gana, the Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, at a Town Hall Meeting with the Women Groups and Gender Focused Civil Society Organisations organized by Wildan Care Foundation in collaboration with the INEC in Gombe State, said women participation in politics has not been impressive in the state.

Maryam said of the 197,705 PVCs that had been collected as at last Friday in the state, 124,399 are males while 82,803 are females, adding that many of the uncollected PVCs belonged to the female voters.

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She noted that out of the 32 gubernatorial candidates in the state, only one is a woman, for the senatorial candidates 45 are male as against 6 females, while out of the 68 candidates contesting for House of Representative only 8 are females, "as for the State House of Assembly we have has 253 male and 18 females".

The Chief Executive Officer, Wildan Care Foundation, Hajiya Zuriyatu Hashidu Abubakar, said it is important to reiterate the roles of women in politics to boost their interests in the forthcoming elections.

According to her, women have the political voice in terms of population to effect the change they want to see in any political setting.

“We have the power to determine who leads us in Nigeria and Gombe State. Many do not know, that is why we have remained in our shells.

“We must educate women so as to enlighten them on the rationale for participation as well as suggests strategies to enhance women participation.

“This is why the foundation is partnering with INEC to drive the enhancement of women participation in political decision making,” she said.