Parliament Postpones Voting On Gender Bill

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Members of parliament today failed to reach quorum  for the voting of two thirds gender bill a move that saw bill vote deferred to another date.

Only  212 members of parliament attended today’s session rendering the house with no qourum to take a vote.

According to parliamentary  standing orders 62, the bill must  be supported by 233 votes for it to pass.

It forced the majority leader Aden Bare Duale  who is also the mover of the same bill to request speaker’s indulgence for the  bill to be deferred.

‘‘It does not take rocket science to see that members are few and we require 233 to support this bill and as a mover  i do not want the history to judge me harshly let’s spare some time and take vote in the next session  next year.’’ Duale stated.

Duale’s remarks got Support from the members and the speaker of the national assembly Justine Muturi who said the house business committee shall proceed and set another voting date.

‘‘We shall sit down and decide on the next date but for today the standing orders 62 do not  allow any vote to take place today with less members.’’ Muturi added.

NASA leader Raila Odinga and  former  vice president Kalonzo Musyoka were present at the parliament gallery  for today’s session.

Both leaders together with president uhuru Kenyatta have been rallying  members of parliament to support the bill.

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