The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF)’s Gender and Election Watch (GEW) Room, on Friday, said it has deployed no fewer than 350 accredited observers across the six geo-political zones for the Saturday’s elections.
The GEW, in a pre-election statement on the 2023 governorship and state house of assembly elections signed by Mufuliat Fijabi, the Chief Executive Officer of NWTF, said its team would monitor the polls in seven states.
Fijabi said the states include Lagos, Oyo, Kano, Rivers, Adamawa, Kogi and Anambra.
“NWTF GEW is receiving feedback from its deployed accredited observers through its use of an electronic gender-based checklist.
“The analysis of this feedback forms the basis for NWTF GEW statements on the conduct of the elections on 18 March 2023, especially around the participation of women and other vulnerable groups.
“Additionally, NWTF’s GEW Room will closely observe the election day performance of voters, candidates, and electoral officials from a gender perspective.
NWTF’s GEW will also pay attention to the adherence to the operational guidelines for the elections,” she said.
She urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the fulfilment of the electoral guidelines and most importantly an improved performance over the Feb. 25 polls.
Fijabi also called on the security agencies to be non-partisan in the discharge of their duties and allay the fears of voters especially women throughout the duration of the elections.