To mark the 2015 International Women’s Day, the head of department for women Affair and Poverty Alleviation, Ojo local government Mrs. Kemi Adegbenro organized a one day sensitization workshop for grassroots women on how to cast their vote during the forthcoming elections. This event was organized in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organization, Grassroot People and Gender Development Center. Addressing women at the event, the executive director of Grassroot People and Gender Development Center, Mrs. Vivian Ifeoma Emesowum, call on women to make the forthcoming elections happen by ensuring that they cast their vote and participate positively in the success of the election. According to her, the large population of women can make it happen as during this election. She added that women are bridge builders and peace makers; we need to display peaceful behaviour during these elections and make sure our children are not used to carry out election violence and malpractices. She stressed the fact that no life deserve to be lost for any politician to get into the chair of power.

Mrs. Emesowum added that the objective of elections is for us to choose leaders that will govern us. It is only by voting that we can choose who we want to hand over power to because power belong to us. She said that as women, we have the power to bring about a change for the common goal of our children. Women should stand on our ground for free and fair elections and shun violence, corruption and other unacceptable practices.

The assistant electoral officer of the local government, Mrs. Gbadebo said that the objective of the card reader is for transparency and appropriate identification of voters. According to her, the PVC is their power to vote for their choice of candidates. She encouraged those who have not collected their card to do so since to vote is not a privilege but a right of every citizen. She enumerated the guidelines of proper voting procedures. She added that the only business that should take place on that day is voting. She said there will be very high security during the elections and warn women to counsel their children to avoid violence. She said that INEC has started priority voting, which means that pregnant women, people with disability and the aged are the first to vote on elections day.

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