In Kenya, taskforce recommends constitutional amendment to increase nomination of female members of parliament

By Kioko Nyamasyo, 6 March
Flag of Kenya (photo credit: jorono via pixabay)
Flag of Kenya (photo credit: jorono via pixabay)
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula on Tuesday, February 27, revealed that there was a move to amend the constitution regarding the nomination of members of parliament.  This was communicated after receiving a report from President William Ruto’s multi-sectoral working group that had been mandated to formulate a framework towards the realisation of the two-thirds gender principle.  The report which was presented by Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa sought to amend Article 97 of the constitution to entrust gender top-ups to political parties. [...] The Constitution in Article 97 dictates that the National Assembly have 12 nominated MPs who are picked by political parties according to their numerical strength.  This must be done in a way that they represent special interests including the youths, people with disabilities and workers.  In the new proposal, the Article will be amended to mirror the nomination of Members of the County Assembly as outlined in Article 177. 
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