Bill to create 74 extra seats for women in n’assembly passes second reading

Bill to create 74 extra seats for women in n’assembly passes second reading

 A bill seeking to create 74 seats for women in the national
assembly has passed second reading in the house of representatives.

 

The green chamber voted in favour of the bill during plenary
on Tuesday, in a bid to encourage more female participation in politics.

 

Sponsored by Benjamin Kalu, the deputy speaker, and 12 other
lawmakers, the proposed legislation seeks to alter Sections 48, 49, 71, and 117
of the constitution to create one “special seat reserved exclusively for women
in the senate and house of representatives for each state of the federation and
the federal capital territory (FCT)”.

 

The bill proposes to take effect after the term of the
current national assembly elapses, and is subject to review every 16 years.

 

The bill also proposes to alter Section 91 of the
constitution to provide for three special seats “reserved exclusively” for
women in houses of assembly of each state of the federation.

 

Leading the debate, Joshua Gana, co-sponsor of the bill,
said the proposed legislation is aimed at addressing a “profound imbalance and
the under-representation of women in the national assembly and at sub-national
levels”.

 

More to follow…

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