No female district Assembly candidate in Bawku East

Ms Charlotte  Osei, EC Chairperson

Ms Charlotte Osei, EC Chairperson

There is no female candidate contesting in the Bawku East municipality district level elections (DLE) slated for September 1.

Ironically there was also no woman in the immediate past district assembly.

According to nomination statistics from the Electoral Commission (EC), out of 58 contestants in the Bawku East District, no female filed the nomination papers.

However, seven women out of 100 contestants would contest at the unit level elections.

In the Pusiga district, two women filed to contest against 49 men in the unit assembly election and only one female at the unit level, while in the Nabdam district, one female would contest with 32 men in the DLE.

In all, a total of 2,187 contestants have filed their nominations to contest in the forthcoming DLEs in 353 electoral areas in the Upper East Region, out of which 199 are women.

The figure is a slight increase from the 1,932 recorded in the botched elections, now rescheduled for September 1, which had 191 women contestants.

Meanwhile, the Upper East Regional gender breakdown, according to the Regional Electoral Commission (EC), indicates that, out of a total of 594,765 voter population, 326,779, representing 54.94 per cent are women.

The 2010 DLE in the nine Districts saw 23 women, out of a total of 396 contestants being voted to the district assemblies.

Mr Samuel Akolgo, Senior Civic Education Officer, NCCE, who admitted the low participation of women in DLE, said his outfit had started radio programmes to sensitise the public on the need to vote for women.

Mr Azu Bosco, Deputy Upper East Regional Commissioner of the EC, in an interview with the GNA in Bolgatanga, agreed that women representation in the unit level elections had seen significant improvement, but added that, there was still need for further improvement to ensure women were voted to represent their people at the Assemblies.


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