How Women Fared In The 2019 Elections

 

 

Nigeria’s population is estimated to be 200,923,640. Women form 49.4% of this figure, with a total of 99,180,412.

However, female political representation in the 2019 elections was negligible relative to the approximately half of the population they constitute. 2,970 women were on the electoral ballot, representing only 11.36% of nominated candidates.

From the initial 62 elected at the 2019 poll, women gained additional numbers from court judgement and bye-election conducted. A total of 70
women are now in elective positions, a meagre 4.71% of elected officials. This figure represents a decline from the 2015-19 period, where women formed 5.65% of elected officials.

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