The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) has asked the National Assembly to introduce affirmative action bills that will create quotas for women, youth and persons with disabilities in elective and appointive positions.
WFD recommended that the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) should impress on the legislators to create laws that will use both incentives and sanctions to enhance political inclusion.
“Legislators should institute quotas at all levels that include rank orders rules for candidate lists for women, young people, persons with disabilities, and introduce both incentives and sanctions (financial and non-financial) for relevant stakeholders,” the report reads in part.
The recommendation was contained in a WFD report titled; “A Study of Inclusive Practices of Nigeria’s Political Parties (2023)”. The report was released on Tuesday during a conference held for political parties in Abuja.
The report also “asked the legislators to review existing legislation in order to increase inclusivity and reduce the costs of running for elective positions across the different tiers of political party structures—ward, local government, state, and national—for women, young people and persons with disabilities.”
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