MORE WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT: LOBBY TO PERSUADE COURT TODAY.

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Lawyer Dismus Wabora for Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) and Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust (CRAWN TRUST) leaving Milimani law Court on Monday September 5,2016

BY SAM ALFAN.

A case where civil rights groups wants more women in Parliament is scheduled for hearing this morning.

Yesterday, the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) and Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust (CRAWN TRUST) moved to court demanding the two thirds gender majority rule be enacted.

Civil rights groups want the court to direct Parliament under the stewardship of Speaker Justin Muturi and Prof Githu Muigai the Attorney General to take steps to ensure that the required legislation is enacted before the next General Election.

“The more than two thirds gender rule principle in relation to membership of the National Assembly and the Senate has to be implemented before the next general election,” they hold.

In documents filed in court this yesterday the lobby groups argue that parliament has no powers to make a further extension concerning the matter.

They say that the extended constitutional deadline for the enactment of the legislation lapsed on August 27 this year.

In addition they claim that Parliament has failed and refused to enact the legislation contemplated under articles 27 (6) and (80 AND 81 (B) which amounts to the rights of women to equality and freedom from discrimination and a violation of the constitution.

They say that the country has been plunged into a constitutional crisis which will affect the outcome of the next General Election.

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