Kenyan MPs in Push to Abolish Gender Rule
The lawmakers want the two-thirds gender requirement on elective posts deleted through a referendum, arguing it is impossible to attain. The constitution requires both levels of government to ensure that neither gender has more than two-thirds of public officers, whether elected or appointed. Under the rule, the dominant gender should only occupy 66% of public offices and currently, men dominate the National Assembly as only 59 out of 349 MPs are female.
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Some MPs hold a discussion during the debate on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill (file photo).