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n Journal of Gender, Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA) - Party nomination techniques in Nigeria : their impact on women representation in local politics in Enugu State, 1999-2013

Volume 3, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 2050-4276
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4284

Abstract

This paper examines the nature of party nomination of candidates and the effect of this on women representations in politics in Nigeria. Women under-representation continues in spite of official party policy of equitable representation of women in party organs based on a 35% affirmative action. The paper demonstrates that this official party policy often comes into contradiction with cultural and political realities. The degree of this contradiction measures the level of democratic consolidation. The under-representation of certain groups, particularly women, indicates the limits of the democratic space. The future of democracy in Nigeria will to a large extent depend on the progressive expansion of the democratic space by, among other things, increasing the representation of women beyond statutory provisions of equality and affirmative action on paper. The democratic system will remain unsustainable where political parties are not inclusive, and the candidates they nominate for elections remain male dominated. Based on the November 2013 local election in Enugu State, the paper highlights the particular obstacles that women face in the political process, especially in getting nominated as candidates and concludes that a strong link exists between the prevalent culture of political 'godfatherism' and women under-representation in local politics in Nigeria since 1999.

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2014-01-01
2019-11-14

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