ODM to punish MPs who vote against the gender bill
03 May 2016, 14:40
Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party MPs who will vote against the two-thirds gender bill will not get the party’s ticket to vie for any post in the 2017 polls.
According to Suna East MP and ODM’s Director of Elections Junet Mohamed, this will serve as punishment to the MPs for not supporting the critical bill.
“Authorities in ODM are saying any MP who votes against the two-thirds gender bill will not be allowed to contest on ODM ticket in 2017,” Mohamed said.
His remarks came days after the bill failed to garner the required 233 votes by MPs, forcing the National Assembly to call for a fresh vote on Thursday this week.
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The bill was supported by 195 legislators and opposed by 28 others during last week’s voting. At least 24 MPs abstained from the voting exercise.
Female MPs have been urging their male counterparts to vote for the bill. The National Council of NGOs has also appealed to all MPs to vote for the bill.
The bill seeks to implement Article 81 of the Constitution that requires that not more than two-thirds of either gender is represented at both Senate and National Assemblies.
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