Fida moves to court over implementation of gender rule

The Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida) has moved to court seeking to have the electoral agency compelled to present to Parliament a list of nominees that conforms to the gender principle.

Fida has sued speakers of National Assembly and Senate as well as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the Attorney-General while protesting lack of legislation on the gender principle.

Through lawyer Eunice Lumallas, Fida argues that Kenya lacks legislation to implement the gender rule which stipulates that any elective or appointive body should not have more than two thirds of its members from one gender.

“It is necessary that this matter is heard and determined quickly as court remedies can be implemented to solve the unconstitutionality of the composition of the 12th Parliament,” she said.

The federation has faulted the 11th Parliament for not enacting the disputed legislation or reporting any progress on the matter despite the elapse of the extended deadline.


Credit: Daily Nation

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