A professor of Political Science from the Loyola University Chicago, Prof. Richard Maitland, on Friday said President Barack Obama would have lost the United States presidential election to his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, if not for women.
Obama, the Democratic Party candidate defeated Romney in a keenly contested race already described as the fiercest presidential battle in the history of U.S presidential elections.
Maitland spoke in Abuja at a national multi-stakeholders dialogue on enhancing women’s political participation through constitutional and legal reforms in Nigeria, organised by the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
He said women had the majority vote that brought about Obama’s victory due to the fact that he had attended to major issues concerning women.
Maitland said there is no gain saying that women play a very crucial role in election throughout the world, hence should be allowed to participate effectively in politics.
His words: “It is very clear that majority of the men in the United States voted for Romney during the Presidential election by very small margin but the majority of women voted for Obama by a large margin and when the votes of the two groups were collected Obama ended up winning the election.
“You can effectively say he (Obama) won because of the women’s vote and believe me the women’s groups are very happy to retain him in office because they voted for him and they expect him to do things to support issues, especially those ones that concern women.
“And that has happened; Obama has been much more supportive of women groups and issues than Romney was in terms of health care, equal paper, equal works. We expect big changes in the area of immigration from President Barack Obama.”
A fact sheet obtained by The Nation from the organizers, shows that after the 2011 elections there was a shortfall in the number of women elected across all the states and at the national level.
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