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 GHC25,000 for men and GHC12,500 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".