Bill to create more seats for women in legislature scales 2nd reading

A Constitution Amendments Bill to create special seats for women in the legislature has scales 2nd reading.

The House of Representatives is considering the bill to make it compulsory for every state to reserve at least one seat for a female senator.

The bill which scaled the 2nd reading on the floor of the House of Representatives is one of the proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution to create additional special seats for women in both federal and state legislative houses.

The lawmakers believe the bill will address concerns of poor women representation in the corridors of power especially at the National Assembly.

There are 19 female lawmakers in the national assembly including seven senators and 12 House of Representative members of the total 469 current federal lawmakers.

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