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Lagos council polls: BNPP cedes 25 chairmanship slots to women

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The Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP) says it will field female chairmanship candidates in 25 of the 35 councils in which it will contest in the local government elections in Lagos State.

The state Chairman of the party, Miss Wunmi Lawal made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday.

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She said the party’s arrangement to reserve 71 per cent chairmanship slots to females was to encourage women participation in politics.

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Lawal, however, said that the party would leaving the councillorship slots open to anyone willing to contest, irrespective of gender.

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“We are a party which believes in women and in their ability to bring about change in the society.

“And that is why we have a deliberate arrangement in the party to have more female candidates than male.

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“We will be contesting in 35 council areas out of the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas and we have reserved 25 chairmanship slots for female candidates and left the councilorship open.

“BNPP is a gender friendly party and we are doing this to provide a platform for women to serve, “she said.

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Lawal said though BNPP was a relatively new party, it would do its best to create some impact at the poll.

She said the party would soon conduct its primary to elect the the candidates.

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The chair commended the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) for reviewing downward the administrative fee for candidates contesting the election.

She said the action would encourage greater participation and add to the acceptability of the poll.

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TheNewsGuru.com reports that LASIEC has fixed July 22 for the elections and July 29 for run-off.

 

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NAN

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