Elections: ‘Poverty encourages vote-buying’ – UN women Rep.

The United Nations (UN) Women Representative to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS), Ms. Beatrice Eyong, says poverty is a major cause of vote-buying in Nigeria.

Eyong stated this when she received the national officials of the Women’s wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (WOWICAN), in Abuja.

The WOWICAN women representatives were at the UN House in Abuja to seek for collaboration to end gender-based issues in Nigeria. According to Eyong, the UN’s women planned to initiate programmes to curtail the problem of vote-buying in the country. Eyong said that the two major programmes are ‘Rural Women Economic Empowerment Programme’ and ‘Market Women Transformational Initiative’.

She assured the women of partnership, while commending the interreligious involvement, which she described as wise and a way for more knowledge to be acquired. The WOWICAN National President, Deaconess Victoria Ihesiulor, said they planned to run programmes to ensure women and youth shun all electoral ills.

Ihesiulor said WOWICAN had a total of 48 million registered members in different spheres of life across the country.

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