Nigeria’s House of Reps takes major step to ensure more women in parliament

News - by RadioNow / Apr. 29th, 2021

A bill to amend the 1999 constitution so as to create new legislative seats reserved for women scaled its second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill is proposing the creation of one additional senatorial seat in each state of the federation and Abuja, with the seat being occupied exclusively by women. It also seeks to create two new federal constituency seats in each state and Abuja that would be reserved for women. Nigeria currently has 360 federal constituency seats in the House of Representatives with only 13 of them currently occupied by women.
The bill, sponsored by the Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (PDP, Abia), and 85 others, was considered for second reading and passed.

The bill intends to alter Sections 48, 49, 71, 77, 91, and 117 of the Nigerian Constitution.

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