NDC parliamentary primaries, three women picks form in western region

By
Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Takoradi, July 18, GNA – The lack of interest
on the part of most women to participate in politics, decision making and
leadership roles has once again manifested as only three women picked forms to
participate in the National Democratic Party’s primaries in the Western Region.

Mr Joseph Nelson, the Western Regional
Secretary for the party told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that, out of
the 30 aspirants, who picked nomination forms, only three women participated in
the process.

He attributed the low participation of women
in politics and decision making to many sociocultural factors such as seeking
approval from spouses or families before engaging in politics, financial
impediment and the general apathy on the part of women, as some of the factors
for the low number of women in the political discourse and roles in the
country.

“Our politics is in a terrain of its
own and lots of women shy away from participating, which should not be the case
“.

The primaries, saw all the four sitting
Members of Parliament for the Party picking forms to seek  re-election, two aspirants from Wassa East
and Prestea Huni-Valley went unopposed.

The figure represented all the 17
operational constituencies of the Party.

Meanwhile, Filing of nomination forms would
commence between 18-19 July, 2019, to allow aspirants who have made the final
decision to run in the race to pay GHȼ 25,000 for men and GHȼ 12,500 for women
and people with disability.

Mr. Nelson pointed out that the NDC party
was more inclined to the active participation of marginalised groupings in the
politics of the country hence the reduction of their filing fees.

He entreated them to take advantage of such
offers in the political space and fully avail themselves “in decision making
and leadership in order to have a more balanced society”.

GNA

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