The Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen has commended the 9th National Assembly for the bill that seeks to create 111 additional Special Seats for women in National Assembly to pass second reading in the House of Representatives.

In a Statement the minister says the move represents a great milestone in the advocacy for increased participation of Women in politics in
governance and decision making process.

According to statement, the bill
Sponsored by the Deputy Chief W hip Nkiruka Onyejiocha, when passed into law will create 37 additional seats in the Senate and 74 other seats in the House of representatives for women.

The Bill also provides that one additional member from each of the three senatorial districts in the State will be created exclusively for women in each State House of Assembly.

According to the statement, the Bill which is a temporary measure is expected to be reviewed after four general election cycles of 16 years for the purpose of retaining, increasing or abolishing the temporary measure.

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