As Nigerians go out to vote tomorrow, the Forum of Nigerian Women in Politics, FONWIP, has appealed to everyone to shun every form of violence at the voting centers to allow free and fair elections.
The president, FONWIP, Hon Florence Gbinigie, who made the appeal in a statement issued to newsmen in Benin City, urged Nigerians to remember that “the person that refuses to vote, is the one that makes it possible for a bad government to be voted into power.
According to her, it is very important that nobody should be involved in the selling or buying of votes as they cast their votes peacefully because it is against the electoral laws.
” FONWIP however has expressed displeasure over the conduct of the Presidential/ National Assembly elections which took place on Saturday 25 February, 2023. The election which was marred with irregularities and violence, followed by killings in some parts of the country is grossly unacceptable.
“It was also unfortunate that there were reports that some polling units started the voting process late and some could not conclude as the card reader or BVAS malfunctioned, which made it impossible for the results to be uploaded into the main server for proper documentation according to the electoral act.
“We therefore call on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to put their house in order and correct all the abnormalities before the governorship/ states assembly elections on Saturday
“We also wish to call on all voters, especially women to come out in their numbers as they did in the last election to exercise their civic rights and responsibilities by casting their votes for the candidates of their choice, and we would be happy for more female candidates irrespective of the political party they belong to be voted for” she added.