The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has made nomination forms free-of-charge for female politicians who would be running for elective positions in the forthcoming 2018 local government elections in Delta state.
Chairman of Party in the state, Kingsley Esiso, disclosed this during the weekend while speaking at a press conference in Asaba.
According to him, the decision was to encourage women in the state to actively participate in politics.
The PDP said it fixed nomination forms for male aspirants for the chairmanship seat for N1m and N200,000 for councillorship aspirants.
Esiso further noted that money for the nomination forms were non-refundable.
It also directed its local government chapters to reserve at least three slots of councillorship candidates for female aspirants across the state.
Esiso disclosed that the party’s candidates for the January 6, 2018 council poll would emerge this month.
He added that though the party’s internal arrangements would reduce the number of aspirants through consensus or mock primaries at the ward and local government levels, there would be no imposition of candidates.
“We have asked our leaders to harmonise in their various wards. But that does not stop anybody who is not satisfied with the outcome of such arrangement from obtaining nomination forms to contest the party’s primaries,” Esiso said.