March 22, 2019

Female Victims of electoral violence in Rivers Seek Legislation to Protect Women

Some female victims of Saturday’s Presidential election violence have urge security agents to put up measures to  protect the electorate especially female and ensure that all perpetrators of violence are apprehended and duly prosecuted in order to deter further occurrence.

The victims also asked political parties to formulate policies to checkmate violence against women within their political parties and guide party activist to adhere to the code of conduct of participating in elections.

Some of the female victims of the electoral voilence in Rivers State made the call on Tuesday  when they  spoke with our reporter in Port Harcourt.

One of the victim who pleaded anonymity for security reasons  said she was forced  by   thugs working for one political party  at  polling unit 5 in Oyigbo Local Government Council of the State  to vote  against the candidate of her choice.

She said, when she refused, she  beaten  up and chased  into the bush by the thugs.

Speaking on behalf of the victims a Project officer, of a gender based group, Gender and Development Action, (GADA), Eunice Okam, noted that In Abonnema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers state,women were threatened, intimidated and prevented from coming out to vote due to the shootings and violent disruptions of  the electoral process.

She  called on the Rivers state government to pass a legislation that protects the participation of women in politics and set-up a service centre to provide services to women survivors.

She said “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is hereby called upon to conclude the elections in all areas where elections were not held to ensure that the electorate, especially women, are not disenfranchised.”

Okam, said if the recommendations are adhered to, it will restore the confidence of women to come out and exercise their franchise.

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