Party supporters dance carries a banner with picture of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thurs ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) on Friday, lauded the National Assembly for approving independent candidacy for future elections in the country.
The National President of the association, Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole, gave the commendation in an interview in Abuja.
Omowole said that the development would open up the space for increased participation of women in politics.
"We have some women, who can handle certain positions but because they have to go through the rigours of party wrangling and some men, who may not want them to get there.
"So for me, this independent candidature is a welcome development for women in politics," she said.
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She added that women, who were schemed out in the past because of party politics, could now have their way to contest for elective positions.
The National Assembly on Wednesday approved the provision for independent candidates in future elections as contained in the report of the Constitution Amendment Committee.
To that effect, Section 177 of the Constitution was altered with the insertion of a new paragraph.
The new paragraph “d” reads, "he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that party or he is an independent candidate”.