House of reps opposes senate, approves 35 percent affirmative action for women

The house of representatives has approved 35 percent affirmative action for women.

The senate did not approve 35 percent affirmative action for ministers but it did for commissioners when it voted on the constitutional amendments, on Wednesday.

But it was passed at the lower legislative chamber because it got above the required 240 votes.

The amendment seeks to alter the 1999 constitution to ” set a time frame within which the president or a governor shall forward to the senate or state house of assembly names of nominees for confirmation as ministers or commissioners; provide for attachment of portfolio and thirty-five percent affirmative action for women.”

Voting is ongoing at the lower chamber of the national assembly.

Constitution amendments only become operative after they have been passed by at least 24 state houses of assembly and two-thirds of the national assembly.

Below are the 33 bills they considered and how they voted:

NUMBER BILL YES NO
1 Members of the council of states 274 6
2 Authorization of expenditure 295 0
3 Devolution of power 210 71
4 Financial autonomy of state legislature 286 10
5 Distributable account for Local Governments to have their own special account 291 12
6 Democratic existence funding and tenure of LG council 285 7
7 State creation and boundary adjustment 166 125
8 Immunity for legislators for acts in course of duty 288 10
9 Political parties & electoral matters: Time to conduct bye elections & power to deregister parties 293 2
10 Presidential Assent 10 28
11 Time frame for submission of names of ministerial nominees 248 46
12 Appointment of minister from the FCT 191 91
13 Change of names of some LG councils: Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun, Pleateau and Rivers. 220 57
14 Independent candidacy 275 14
15 The Nigeria Police Force to become Nigerian Police 280 9
16 Restriction of the tenure of president and governor 292 3
17 Separation of accountant general of the federal government from accountant general of the federation 274 23
18 Make the office of the auditor-general of federation and for State financially independent 289 11
18 Financial autonomy for auditor general of federation and state 289 11
19 Separation of office of attorney general from the minister/commissioner of justice 234 58
20 Submissions from the Judiciary 265 6
21 Determination of pre-election matters 288 3
22 Consequential amendment on civil defence 293 2
23 Citizenship and indigenship 216 77
24 Procedure for overriding presidential veto in constitutional alteration 271 20
25 Removal of law-making power from executive arm (Part 1) To remove NYSC, National Security Agencies/Public Complaints Commission from the constitution to enable only lawmakers make laws on them 209 47
25 Removal of law making power from executive arm (Part 2) Land Use Act. 139 148
26 Investment and securities tribunal 270 12
27 Reduction of age for election 261 2
28 Authorization of expenditure time frame for laying appropriation bill, passage etc 251 7
29 Deletion of state independent electoral commission. 229 51
30 Inclusion of Section 141 of the electoral act in the constitution 241 16

 

(THE CABLE)