Reps move to create special seats for women in National Assembly

The House of Representatives has moved to provide special seats for women at the National Assembly and state houses of meeting as it passes a bill via second reading.

The bill, which seeks to alter some provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) was sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.

Presenting the invoice during plenary on Wednesday, she mentioned it sought to change the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 to remedy the low representation of women in legislative houses.

She added that the invoice wanted the creation of additional separate seats to be contested and stuffed by solely women in the National Meeting and Statehouses of meeting as a brief measure to advertise women’s representation.

“The provision is topic to a evaluate after four general election cycles of 16 years for the aim of retaining, growing, or abolishing the temporary measure,” she stated.

If the invoice is handed and assented to by the president, the number of federal lawmakers will rise from 369 to 480, our correspondent reviews.

The bill proposes one more Senate seat for each of the 36 states and FCT. For the House of Representatives, it proposes two further seats for each of the 36 states and FCT. The brand new seats can be devoted to women.

Onyejeocha added that the invoice comprised of six main clauses that sought to change sections 48; 49; 71; 77; 91; and 117.

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She stated Section 48 of the Principal Act would be altered by substituting it with a brand new section “48”.

If the invoice is handed and assented to by the president, the number of federal lawmakers will rise from 369 to 480, our correspondent reviews.

The bill proposes one more Senate seat for each of the 36 states and FCT. For the House of Representatives, it proposes two further seats for each of the 36 states and FCT. The brand new seats can be devoted to women.

Onyejeocha added that the invoice comprised of six main clauses that sought to change sections 48; 49; 71; 77; 91; and 117.

She stated Section 48 of the Principal Act would be altered by substituting it with a brand new section “48”.

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