President Uhuru pleads with MPs to amend constitution for gender balance

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has pleaded with members of parliament to vote and pass the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment No. 4) Bill, 2015 which will help achieve the two–thirds requirement as regards the membership of the National Assembly and the Senate.

The constitution of Kenya demands that no more than two thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender. It also empowers government to take legislative measures to realize this two–thirds principle

In a statement, the head of state has said that by passing the bill, more women will be empowered to get to elective posts and subsequently see their number increase in the two houses in the next 20 years.

According to the bill, the electorate will elect men and women in the constitutionally required gender ratios. This means that there will be no need for the nomination of any extra man or woman.

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