March 22, 2019

Green Chamber: Female Reps down by 50%

Green Chamber: Female Reps down by 50%

When the House of Representatives resumes plenary after the elections, the number of female representatives will have reduced by a whopping 50%, going by the number who either lost out in the primaries of their various parties or at the polls.

According to the list of successful reps released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there are only 11 females elected into the Green Chambers, which a new low for the female folks, bearing in mind that 22 females were elected in 2015, while the number of men currently stands at 311.

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Although there is hope that the number of female representatives could increase as there are 22 supplementary elections not yet added to the list, as well as a case of election result declaration under duress and eight litigation cases where the name of candidates are unknown.

Even with the list, it is unknown if the number of women in the lower chamber will increase to the level of the 8th Assembly.

Presently, there are 200 members on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 109 members under its belt.

A further break down shows that All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has four members, Africa Democratic Congress (ADC) has three while the Allied Action (AA) and Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) both have two each.

The Social Democratic Party (SDP), Allied Progressive Movement (APM) and the Action Democratic Party (ADP) have one member each

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